The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States

Hardcover | November 21, 2010

EditorDerek H. Davis

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Study of church and state in the United States is incredibly complex. Scholars working in this area have backgrounds in law, religious studies, history, theology, and politics, among others; historically, they have focused on particular angles or dimensions of the church-state relationship,because the field is so vast. The results have mostly been monographs that focus only on narrow cross-sections of the field, and the few works that do aim to give larger perspectives are reference works of factual compendia, which offer little or no analysis. This volume fills this gap, offering an extensive, multidimensional overview of the field of church and state. Twenty essays present a scholarly look at the intricacies and past and current debates that frame the American system of church and state, within four main areas: history, law, theology,and politics. These essays provide factual accounts, but also address issues, problems, debates, controversies, and, where appropriate, suggested resolution of problems; they also offer analysis of the range of interpretations of the subject offered by various American scholars. is an invaluableresource for the study of church-state relations.

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Study of church and state in the United States is incredibly complex. Scholars working in this area have backgrounds in law, religious studies, history, theology, and politics, among others; historically, they have focused on particular angles or dimensions of the church-state relationship,because the field is so vast. The results have...

Derek H. Davis is Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.98 inPublished:November 21, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195326245

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ContributorsIntroductionJohn F. Wilson: The Founding Era (1774-1797) and the Constitutional Provision for ReligionBarry Alan Shain: Eighteenth-Century Religious Liberty: The Founding Generation's Protestant-Derived UnderstandingSteven K. Green: Church and State in Nineteenth-Century AmericaMelissa Rogers: Religious Advocacy by American Religious Institutions: A HistoryConstitutional DimensionsBette Novitt Evans: Constitutional Language and Judicial Interpretations of the Free Exercise ClauseRonald B. Flowers: The U.S. Supreme Court and Non-First Amendment Religion CasesDaniel L. Dreisbach: The Meaning of the Separation of Church and State: Competing ViewsNicholas Gvosdev: Managed Pluralism: The Emerging Church-State Model in the United States?Theological and Philosophical DimensionsElizabeth A. Sewell: Religious Liberty and Religious Minorities in the United StatesT. Jeremy Gunn: Religious Symbols and Religious Expression in the Public SquareTed G. Jelen: Religious Liberty as a Democratic InstitutionAndrew R. Murphy and Caitlin Kerr: Pursuit of the Moral Good and the Church-State Conundrum in the United States: the Politics of Sexual Orientation beyond LawrencePolitical DimensionsJames T. Richardson and Thomas Robbins: Monitoring and Surveillance of Religious Groups in the United StatesAllen D. Hertzke: The U.S. Congress: Protecting and Accommodating ReligionClyde Wilcox and Sam Potolicchio: The Christian Right and Church-State IssuesJohn Witte, Jr.: American Religious Liberty in International PerspectiveSociological DimensionsRoger Finke: Supply-side Changes in American Religion: Exploring the Implications of Church-State RelationsN. J. Demerath, III: Peeking through Jefferson's Wall: A Sociological Assessment of U.S. Church-State RelationsRichard V. Pierard: The Role of Civil Religion in American SocietyConclusionDerek H. Davis: The Interplay of Law, Religion, and Politics in the United StatesBibliographyIndex