Religion and the american constitutional experiment

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religion and the american constitutional experiment

Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment by John Witte Jr.

This new edition offers a novel reading of the American constitutional experiment in religious liberty. Lucid and engaging, this volume serves as a provocative primer for students, and a pristine restatement for specialists in law, religion, history, sociology, politics, and American studies. Through a fresh reading of familiar sources and cases, and through the discovery and introduction of new cases and materials, the author reclaims the essential value, vigor, and vitality of Americas most essential and cherished religious rights and liberties.
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Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment

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The third edition of this classic book provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary overview of the history, theory, law, and comparative analysis of American religious liberty from the earliest colonial period through the most recent Supreme Court cases. The authors present balanced, accessible discussions of controversial issues, such as funding religious schools and charities and displaying religious symbols on government property. Three chapters new to this edition cover the free exercise of religion, religion and public life, and religious organizations and the law. In addition, an expanded concluding chapter places the American experience in global context by comparing contemporary American religious liberty law with international human rights standards. John Witte, Jr. A specialist in legal history and religious liberty, he has published twenty-three books, ten journal symposia, and professional articles, and has lectured throughout North America, Europe, Israel, Japan, and South Africa.

John Witte, Jr. Description This accessible introduction tells the American story of religious liberty from its colonial beginnings to the latest Supreme Court cases. The authors provide extensive analysis of the formation of the First Amendment religion clauses and the plausible original intent or understanding of the founders.
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Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment is an excellent introduction to religious liberty in the United States. The book is organized into thirteen chapters including an overview of the Western European historical context, the varied opinions of the Founding Fathers in drafting the religious clauses of the Constitution, and the interpretive strategies and rulings of the US Supreme Court.

Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment. John Witte , Joel A. This accessible introduction tells the American story of religious liberty from its colonial beginnings to the latest Supreme Court cases. The authors provide extensive analysis of the formation of the First Amendment religion clauses and the plausible original intent or understanding of the founders. They describe the enduring principles of American religious freedom--liberty of conscience, free exercise of religion, religious equality, religious pluralism, separation of church and state, and no establishment of religion--as those principles were developed by the founders and applied by the Supreme Court. Successive chapters analyze the two hundred plus Supreme Court cases on religious freedom--on the free exercise of religion, the roles of government and religion in education, the place of religion in public life, and the interaction of religious organizations and the state. A final chapter shows how favorably American religious freedom compares with international human rights norms and European Court of Human Rights case law.

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  1. Janette P. says:

    Witte capably surveys the historical developments preceding the First Amendment and supplies a helpful overview of the often neglected period from the adoption of that amendment through the s, when the Supreme Court invaded the field.

  2. Oregon S. says:

    Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment

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