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 Thomas Jefferson and the Separation of Church and State

Gary Scott Smith

in Faith and the Presidency: From George Washington to George W. Bush

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195300604
eISBN:
9780199785285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195300604.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

While many of George Washington’s contemporaries portrayed him as a devout Christian, Thomas Jefferson’s foes depicted him as an infidel and an atheist. Given how similar their religious views and ... More


 The Early Republic: Thomas Jefferson's Philosophy of History and the Future of American Christianity

Johann Neem

in Prophesies of Godlessness: Predictions of America's Iminent Secularization from the Puritans to Postmodernity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195342536
eISBN:
9780199867042
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342536.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Thomas Jefferson is famous for believing that reason would moderate American Christianity. In time, he prophesied, Americans would replace faith‐based Christianity with a Unitarian Christianity ... More


The Continuing Emergence of Religious Liberty

Thomas J. Curry

in Farewell to Christendom: The Future of Church and State in America

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195145694
eISBN:
9780199834129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195145690.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The enactment of the First Amendment did not automatically guarantee religious liberty. Americans came to see themselves as a Protestant Nation and enacted a de facto establishment of religion. The ... More


Rhetoric in Constitutional Interpretation

Lackland H. Bloom

in Methods of Interpretation: How the Supreme Court Reads the Constitution

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195377118
eISBN:
9780199869510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377118.003.0012
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter explores the use of rhetoric in constitutional interpretation. Initially it explores the use of rhetoric to bolster principle and to emphasize strength of conviction. Then it discusses ... More


On the Secularization of the Public Square: Jews in France and in the United States

Pierre Birnbaum

in Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199660384
eISBN:
9780191748264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660384.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, Public International Law

This chapter describes a paradox: both France and the United States are seen as societies in which State and Church are separated, even if they have deeply different kinds of States. The French State ... More


Linguistic Transformation

Robert L. Tsai

in Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300117233
eISBN:
9780300151879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300117233.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law

This chapter evaluates four significant developments in First Amendment thought: the free market reformation of the postwar imagination, the reversal of the rhetoric of fire during the same period, ... More


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