That Godless Court?: Supreme Court Decisions on Church-State Relationships / Edition 2

That Godless Court?: Supreme Court Decisions on Church-State Relationships / Edition 2

by Flowers, Ronald B. Flowers, Ronald B.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0664228917

ISBN-13: 9780664228910

Pub. Date: 09/28/2005

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

The religion clauses of the First Amendment, which seem simple and clear, have been and continue to be controversial in their application. Church-state issues have never been more complex, controversial, and divisive than they are today. In this helpful and instructive book, Ronald B. Flowers explains clearly and concisely the intricacies and implications of

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The religion clauses of the First Amendment, which seem simple and clear, have been and continue to be controversial in their application. Church-state issues have never been more complex, controversial, and divisive than they are today. In this helpful and instructive book, Ronald B. Flowers explains clearly and concisely the intricacies and implications of Supreme Court decisions in the volatile area of church-state relations. This is an ideal primer for those Americans who have listened to the debates about what the Supreme Court has and has not said about the relationship between church and state, and where the boundaries between the two have been eroded. It is also ideal for use in the classroom, specifically in undergraduate courses in religion and the court, introductions to U.S. constitutional law, constitutional law and politics, and the Supreme Court. The book is also a helpful tool for pastors, clarifying contemporary church-state issues that impact their churches and parishioners directly and indirectly.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780664228910
Publisher:
Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
608,185
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

1The court and its procedures1
2Background of constitutional principles9
3Defining the scope of religious freedom prior to 196321
4The uncertain status of religious freedom : 1963-200431
5From congregational fights to pacifism51
6Aid to church-related schools69
7Religion in public schools99
8Blue laws, bars, taxes, and plastic reindeer : the complexity of establishment clause issues129
9Flash points and the future155
App. AMemorial and remonstrance against religious assessments
App. BAn act for establishing religious freedom

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