The First Freedoms: Church and State in America to the Passage of the First Amendment

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byThomas J. Curry

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Is government forbidden to assist all religions equally, as the Supreme Court has held? Or does the First Amendment merely ban exclusive aid to one religion, as critics of the Court assert? The First Freedoms studies the church-state context of colonial and revolutionary America to present abold new reading of the historical meaning of the religion clauses of the First Amendment. Synthesizing and interpreting a wealth of evidence from the founding of Virginia to the passage of the Bill of Rights, including everything published in America before 1791, Thomas Curry traces America'sdeveloping ideas on religious liberty and offers the most extensive investigation ever of the historical origins and background of the First Amendment's religion clauses.

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From the founding of Virginia to the passage of the Bill of Rights, the role of the First Amendment's religion clauses has never been clearly defined. A thorough examination of America's developing ideas on religious liberty. The First Freedoms presents a bold new interpretation of the Church-State context of colonial and revolutionary...

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Is government forbidden to assist all religions equally, as the Supreme Court has held? Or does the First Amendment merely ban exclusive aid to one religion, as critics of the Court assert? The First Freedoms studies the church-state context of colonial and revolutionary America to present abold new reading of the historical meaning ...

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From the founding of Virginia to the passage of the Bill of Rights, the role of the First Amendment's religion clauses has never been clearly defined. A thorough examination of America's developing ideas on religious liberty. The First Freedoms presents a bold new interpretation of the Church-State context of colonial and revolutionary...

Thomas J. Curry is at Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 7.99 × 5.39 × 0.59 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195051815

ISBN - 13:9780195051810

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Table of Contents

The New England Way in Church and State to 1691Church and State in Seventeenth-Century Virginia and MarylandChurch and State in Restoration ColoniesLiberty of Conscience in Eighteenth-Century Colonial AmericaEstablishment of Religion in Colonial AmericaReligion and Government in Revolutionary America, Pt. I: The Southern StatesReligion and Government in Revolutionary America, Pt. II: The Middle States and New England"Congress Shall Make No Law Respecting an Establishment of Religion, or Prohibiting the Free Exercise Thereof,..."

From Our Editors

From the founding of Virginia to the passage of the Bill of Rights, the role of the First Amendment's religion clauses has never been clearly defined. A thorough examination of America's developing ideas on religious liberty. The First Freedoms presents a bold new interpretation of the Church-State context of colonial and revolutionary America.

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"This is a useful book for scholars of church-state relations in the colonial period and for those trying to evaluate and respond to the "intentionalist" views of the First Amendment currently advocated by the Right Wing."--Church History