Theologian and Politician

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:
Theologian and Politician

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The lives of Witherspoon and Madison overlap at some key junctures in both revolutionary American history as well as church/state development. Madison was a student of Witherspoon’s at Princeton during a formative period in his church/state thinking. They were also in Philadelphia in the summer of 1789, where both were involved in writing important constitutions, Madison the federal one, and Witherspoon the new Presbyterian organic document. Much has been written on the former, very little on the latter. But the Presbyterian document tells us as much, if not more, about the climate of church/state thought in the America of the day.U.S.

Keywords: Constitution; presbyterian constitution; First Amendment; constitutional convention; American bishop controversy

Chapter.  9588 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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