Steven K. Green

in The Second Disestablishment

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

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This chapter discusses the reactions of moderate Protestants and jurists who sought to reconcile understandings of America’s Christian character with developing secularization. It examines the meaning and impact of the Supreme Court’s 1892 Christian-nation decision, written by Justice David J. Brewer, and contemporary legal commentary about the maxim. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the final conservative efforts to stem secularization through constitutional amendment and through closing the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago on Sundays.

Keywords: legal commentary; secularization; Christian nation; David Brewer; Supreme Court

Chapter.  11436 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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