Chapter

Setting the Context

Thomas J. Curry

in Farewell to Christendom

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195145694
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834129 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195145690.003.0002
 Setting the Context

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Outlines the extent to which modern scholars have strayed from an understanding of the history surrounding the First Amendment, and elevated logic over history. Instead of recognizing religious liberty as a “natural right,” and the Constitution as a limitation on government, they have interpreted the First Amendment as augmenting the power of government. This development has brought about what both James Madison and Alexander Hamilton especially feared.

Keywords: Constitution; First Amendment; Alexander Hamilton; limitation on government; James Madison; natural right; religious liberty

Chapter.  5775 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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