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Church and State in America
The First Two Centuries

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  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521864930

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  • This is an account of the ideas about and public policies relating to the relationship between government and religion from the settlement of Virginia in 1607 to the presidency of Andrew Jackson, 1829–37. This book describes the impact and the relationship of various events, legislative, and judicial actions, including the English Toleration Act of 1689, the First and Second Great Awakenings, the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, and Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptists. Four principles were paramount in the American approach to government's relation to religion: the importance of religion to public welfare; the resulting desirability of government support of religion (within the limitations of political culture); liberty of conscience and voluntaryism; the requirement that religion be supported by free will offerings, not taxation. Hutson analyzes and describes the development and interplay of these principles, and considers the relevance of the concept of the separation of church and state during this period.

    • Written in non-technical language for the college student and general readers
    • Describes the relevance of current hot-button issues (separation of Church and State)
    • Short, but comprehensive
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521864930
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.422kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The seventeenth century
    2. To the American Revolution
    3. The Confederation period
    4. The Constitution and beyond.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Christianity in America/Topics in American Religious History
    • Contemporary Religious Issues
    • Integrated Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking
    • Origins of Religious Liberty in America
  • Author

    James H. Hutson, Library of Congress, Washington DC
    James H. Hutson has been Chief of the Manuscripts Division at the Library of Congress since 1982. He has previously held positions as Coordinator of the American Revolution Bicentennial Programs at the Library of Congress, and as lecturer at the College of William and Mary and Yale University. Among his many publications, Dr Hutson has written Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (6th printing, 2002); Forgotten Features of the Founding: The Recovery of Religious Themes in Early American History (2003); and The Founders on Religion (2005).

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