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Legal Christianity Applied

Steven K. Green

in The Second Disestablishment

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195399677
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199777150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399677.003.0006
Legal Christianity Applied

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This chapter examines the Christian-nation maxim’s antebellum application in three areas—blasphemy laws (the trial of Abner Kneeland), oath requirements, and Sunday laws—and how those uses affected legal attitudes toward disestablishment. The chapter also discusses Justice Story’s evolving view of America’s Christian nationhood, including his dispute with Jefferson, and how he understood the relation between the maxim and disestablishment as evinced in his decisions and Commentaries.

Keywords: Christian nation; Christianity; blasphemy; Kneeland; oaths; Sunday laws; Joseph Story; Jefferson; commentaries

Chapter.  13843 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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