Jews in Christian America: The Pursuit of Religious Equality / Edition 1

Jews in Christian America: The Pursuit of Religious Equality / Edition 1

by Naomi Wiener Cohen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195065379

ISBN-13: 9780195065374

Pub. Date: 09/28/1992

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Separation of church and state has become a veritable creed in the American Jewish community. Focusing on the way in which Jewish actions have contributed to the development of separation, this book examines how American Jews have contended with living in a fundamentally Christian state. In the first part, Cohen covers this history hronologically from colonial

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Separation of church and state has become a veritable creed in the American Jewish community. Focusing on the way in which Jewish actions have contributed to the development of separation, this book examines how American Jews have contended with living in a fundamentally Christian state. In the first part, Cohen covers this history hronologically from colonial times to the Second World War. Throughout this period, Jewish community leaders focused on legislation and judicial opinions that in any way bespoke established Christianity. They were principally concerned with test oaths, Sunday laws, religion in public schools, and Christianity in federal treaties—issues that in one form or another have lasted well into the twentieth century. Dealing with the period after World War II, the second part of the book consists of an in-depth analysis of Jewish participation in, and responses to, litigation on such issues as released time, prayer and bible readings in public schools, Sunday laws, and religious decorations in public places. Cohen also considers how separationism evoked differences of opinion among Jews and how it affected Jewish-Christian relations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195065374
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1992
Series:
Studies in Jewish History Series
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction3
1From Toleration to Freedom11
2Separationism Takes Root37
3The Christian Agenda65
4Separationism Is Moderated93
Overview: 1945-1965123
5Tests of Released Time131
6The Case of the Innocuous Prayer159
7Scripture in the Schools187
8Sabbaths and Symbols214
Afterword240
Notes247
Index293

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