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The Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty

The Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment and Religious Liberty

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Michael D. Breidenbach, Owen Anderson, Janice Tzuling Chik, John Finnis, Glenn A. Moots, Chris Beneke, Jonathan Den Hartog, Zoë Robinson, Paul E. Kerry, Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Anthony Gill, Steven D. Smith, Donald L. Drakeman, Marc O. DeGirolami, Gerard V. Bradley
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  • Publication planned for: March 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108405294

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  • This book is an interdisciplinary guide to the religion clauses of the First Amendment with a focus on its philosophical foundations, historical developments, and legal and political implications. The volume begins with fundamental questions about God, the nature of belief and worship, conscience, freedom, and their intersections with law. It then traces the history of religious liberty and church-state relations in America through a diverse set of religious and non-religious voices from the seventeenth century to the most recent Supreme Court decisions. The Companion will conclude by addressing legal and political questions concerning the First Amendment and the court cases and controversies surrounding religious liberty today, including the separation of church and state, corporate religious liberty, and constitutional interpretation. This scholarly yet accessible book will introduce students and scholars alike to the main issues concerning the First Amendment and religious liberty, along with offering incisive new insights into one of the most important topics in American culture.

    • Provides an interdisciplinary approach to the First Amendment
    • Offers the most up-to-date accounts of Supreme Court cases on the free exercise and establishment clauses of the First Amendment
    • Features emerging scholars that challenge previous interpretations of the First Amendment, religious liberty, and church-state relations
    • Gives practical considerations for First Amendment jurisprudence today from scholars who have been in the field
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    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108405294
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: assessing the First Amendment and religious liberty in America Michael D. Breidenbach and Owen Anderson
    Part I. Philosophical Foundations:
    1. The First Amendment and natural religion Owen Anderson
    2. The philosophical meaning of religious exercise Janice Tzuling Chik
    3. The special status of the right to religious liberty John Finnis
    Part II. Historical Interpretations:
    4. Religious exercise and establishment in early America Glenn A. Moots
    5. The historical context of the religion clauses of the First Amendment Chris Beneke
    6. Religious tests, loyalty oaths, and the ecclesiastical context to the First Amendment Michael D. Breidenbach
    7. Church and state in the nineteenth century Jonathan Den Hartog
    8. The First Amendment religion clauses in the United States Supreme Court Zoë Robinson
    Part III. Law, Politics, and Economics:
    9. Religious and secular presuppositions in First Amendment interpretations Paul E. Kerry
    10. Two concepts of religious liberty: the natural rights and moral autonomy approaches to the free exercise of religion Vincent Phillip Muñoz
    11. The economic origins of religious liberty Anthony Gill
    12. Corporate religious liberty and the culture wars Steven D. Smith
    13. Which original meaning of the establishment clause is the right one? Donald L. Drakeman
    14. The two separations Marc O. DeGirolami
    15. The challenge ahead: reconnecting religion, reason, and truth Gerard V. Bradley
    Index.

  • Editors

    Michael D. Breidenbach, Ave Maria University, Florida
    Michael D. Breidenbach is Assistant Professor of History at Ave Maria University, Florida and Visiting Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is an historian of political, legal, and religious thought and has published in the William and Mary Quarterly. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge.

    Owen Anderson, Arizona State University
    Owen Anderson is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Arizona State University. He has published seven books, including The Natural Moral Law (Cambridge, 2012) and The Declaration of Independence and God (Cambridge, 2015). He studies rational presuppositionalism and how it approaches basic questions about God and the good.

    Contributors

    Michael D. Breidenbach, Owen Anderson, Janice Tzuling Chik, John Finnis, Glenn A. Moots, Chris Beneke, Jonathan Den Hartog, Zoë Robinson, Paul E. Kerry, Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Anthony Gill, Steven D. Smith, Donald L. Drakeman, Marc O. DeGirolami, Gerard V. Bradley

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