The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment

Author: Ellis M. West
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739146793
Format: PDF, ePub
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Were the religion clauses of the First Amendment intended to protect individuals' right to religious freedom and equality or the states' traditional right to legislate on religion? This book examines all the arguments and historical evidence relating to this question, and demonstrates, contrary to the views of some scholars and Supreme Court justices, that the clauses were sought, drafted, and originally understood not as guarantees of states' rights but as normative restraints on the national government's power over religion.

Natural Law and Religious Freedom

Author: J. Daryl Charles
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317089731
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Every successive generation finds fresh reasons for the study of natural law. Current interest in the natural law may well be due to a pervasive moral pessimism in the Western cultural context and wider contemporary geopolitical challenges. Those geopolitical challenges result from two significant and worrisome global developments – unprecedented violent persecution of religious minorities on several continents and a growing climate of secular hostility toward religious faith in Western societies. Natural Law and Religious Freedom aims to address what is relatively absent from the literature by demonstrating the importance of natural law ethics in both establishing and preserving basic human rights, of which religious freedom has pride of place. Probing contemporary challenges to natural law thinking that are both internal and external to religious faith, and examining the character and constitution of natural law ethics, Natural Law and Religious Freedom will be of interest to theologians, ethicists and philosophers as well as policy analysts, politicians and activists who are concerned to anchor religious freedom and human rights policy considerations in an enduring way.

Religion and Politics in America

Author: Robert Booth Fowler
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0813348528
Format: PDF
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Religion and politics are never far from the headlines, but their relationship remains complex and often confusing. In this fifth edition of Religion and Politics in America, the authors offer a lively, accessible, and balanced treatment of religion in American politics. They explore the historical, cultural, and legal contexts that underlie religious political engagement while also highlighting the pragmatic and strategic political realities that religious organizations and people face. Incorporating the best and most up-to-date scholarship, the authors assess the politics of Roman Catholics; evangelical, mainline, and African American Protestants; Jews; Muslims and other conventional and not-so-conventional American religious movements. The author team also examines important subjects concerning religion and its relationship to gender, race/ethnicity, and class. The fifth edition has been revised to include the 2012 elections, in particular Mitt Romney's candidacy and Mormonism, as well as a fuller assessment of the role of religion in President Obama's first term. In-depth treatment of core topics, contemporary case studies, and useful focus-study boxes, provides students with a real understanding of how religion and politics relate in practice and makes this fifth edition essential reading for courses in political science, religion, and sociology departments.

American Constitutional Law

Author: Otis Stephens, Jr.
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1285736923
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AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, Volumes I and II, combines cases, decisions, and authorial commentary to make the texts a perfect instructional choice. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Establishment of Religion Clause

Author: Alan Brownstein
Publisher:
ISBN:
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With a focus on broad themes and core ideas, this excellent collection of articles will be of great use to those interested in the history of the Constitution, Establishment Clause, and current debates surrounding its interpretation.

Constitutional Debates on Freedom of Religion

Author: John J. Patrick
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313301407
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Traces the history and development of the debate over the separation of religion and government in the United States through a collection of primary documents.

Religion on Trial

Author: James Jurinski
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1851094911
Format: PDF
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Explores the controversial issue of the separation of church and state, discussing prayer in schools and religious symbols on public property, focusing on individual cases, historical contexts, and key people and events.

Church State

Author: John R. Stumme
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 9781451417487
Format: PDF, Kindle
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In an age marked by controversy over public support of religious schools, federal encouragement of religious providers of social services, and sexuality education, the whole arena of church-state relations appears in flux. In this volume, seven experts probe the meaning of religion in public life for Christians when the "Protestant establishment" has given way to pervasive religious pluralism and a growing secularism. Working specifically out of Lutheran traditions, the authors probe the deeper legal, moral, and religious questions at issue in the current debate. They not only rethink classical sources about law and gospel and two-kingdoms theory but also resurrect neglected resources for Christian civil resistance. They then look to contemporary developments and show how functional interaction of church and state is compatible with their strong institutional separation. Finally, three chapters probe the most hotly contested First Amendment questions: religious liberty, education, and land use.