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Responding to the general confusion in the United States about the proper role of religion in politics, five distinguished scholars demonstrate in original essays how our nation's founders carefully and clearly defined the appropriate relationship between church and state, and how we can adapt our current political institutions to reflect the founders' wisdom. Also, includes a collection of the most important statements by the Founders that address religion's role in American political life.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Essays Chapter 5 Religious Liberty: The View from the Founding Chapter 6 "Where Locke stopped short we may go on": Religious Toleration and Religious Liberty at the Founding Chapter 7 Are These Truths Now, or Have They Ever Been, Self-Evident? Chapter 8 The Christian and Rebellion against Authority Chapter 9 Civil Rights and Liberties in the Vocabulary of the American Founding Part 10 Selected Documents and Sermons Chapter 11 "A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission" (excerpt) Chapter 12 "The Curse of Cowardice" Chapter 13 "A Sermon Preached to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in Boston" Chapter 14 Declaration of Independence Chapter 15 "On the Right to Rebel against Governors" Chapter 16 "An Antidote against Toryism" Chapter 17 Virginia Statute of Religious Liberty (excerpt) Chapter 18 Northwest Ordinance (excerpt) Chapter 19 Selected Addresses and Letters of George Washington First Inaugural Address Chapter 20 A Proclamation of National Thanksgiving Chapter 21 Letter to the Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, Chapter 22 Farewell Address