The Philosopher and the Enthusiast

Nicholas P. Miller

in The Religious Roots of the First Amendment

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858361
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949724 | DOI:
The Philosopher and the Enthusiast

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This chapter presents a discussion of how John Locke and William Penn bring the principles of dissenting Protestantism in relation to church and state to colonial America. Locke provides the theory, as well as directly shaping the Carolina constitution. Penn puts the theory into practice in Pennsylvania causing the colony to become a magnet for a wide range of persecuted religious minorities. This robust immigration turns the colony into the most commercially successful one of the day, giving prominence to the idea that disestablishment can serve as the basis of a balanced and successful society.

Keywords: Pennsylvania; quakers; Penn; Locke; middle colonies

Chapter.  18551 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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