Church and State in America
The First Two Centuries
By (author) James H. Hutson
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Church and State in America by James H. Hutson
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521864930
(228mm x 152mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author James H. Hutson
Church and State in America, Paperback (November 2007)
Hutson examines ideas and public policies relating to the relationship between government and religion from 1607 to 1837.
Founders on Religion, Paperback (October 2007)View all books by James H. Hutson
A collection of quotations on various things from the relationship between church and state to the status of women. It lays out the positions of the founders of America on more than seventy topics, including the afterlife, the death of loved ones, the raising of children, the reliability of biblical texts, and the nature of Islam and Judaism.
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Author Biography - James H. Hutson
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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