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The Separation of Church and State

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May 03, 2011 | 176 Pages
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    May 03, 2011 | 176 Pages

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 “A useful little volume . . . The separation of church and state is important, this collection suggests, because that’s how the country was conceived.”—Jeff Sharlet, The Revealer
“This brief primer includes some of the most eloquent and cogent arguments by Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Adams, George Washington, [and] Patrick Henry that will help a contemporary audience understand the original reasoning behind the separation of church and state.”—Catholic Opinion
“No longer will the earnest citizen need to rely on second- and third-hand versions of how separation of church and state came about—or what it really means. The Separation of Church and State is an invaluable handbook of primary sources for the perplexed—and the concerned—in today’s whirlpool of contrary opinions and strident voices.”—Edwin S. Gaustad, author of Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land: A History of Church and State in America

Table Of Contents

1. Patrick Henry: In Defense of Religious Liberty
2. Samuel Adams: The Rights of the Colonists
3. Isaac Backus: Baptist Appeals for Religious Liberty
4. George Mason: Colonial Declarations of Rights: Virginia; John Adams: Colonial Declarations of Rights: Massachusetts
5. Caleb Wallace: Memorial of the Hanover Presbytery
6. Thomas Jefferson: Notes on the State of Virginia
7. James Madison: Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments
8. Thomas Jefferson: Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
9. Oliver Ellsworth: The Landholder, No. 7
10. John Leland: The Rights of Conscience
11. George Washington: Letters on Religious Laws
12. George Washington: Farewell Address (Selections)
13. The Treaty of Tripoli, Article 11
14. Thomas Jefferson: A Wall of Separation
Epilogue—James Madison: A Detached Memorandum
Appendix—Richard Price: Of Liberty of Conscience and Civil Establishment of Religion

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