Revolutionary Disestablishment

Steven K. Green

in The Second Disestablishment

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195399677
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777150 | DOI:
Revolutionary Disestablishment

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This chapter describes the intellectual foundations of the movement toward disestablishment during the revolutionary period. It argues that, while a variety of ideologies influenced the founders—Whig theories, classical and civic republicanism, Calvinism, evangelicalism—Enlightenment rationalism was dominant. The founders synthesized these ideologies into a coherent theory of republicanism that was secular in orientation. This chapter also examines political disestablishment at the state level, demonstrating the nation’s evolution toward greater religious equality.

Keywords: enlightenment; Locke; Jefferson; Madison; Calvinism; republican; constitution; establishment; states

Chapter.  15793 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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