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
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Oxford University Press, USA

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195065374
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Series: Studies in Jewish History Series
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

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

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