Back to the Future of Church and State

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:
Back to the Future of Church and State

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This chapter summarizes the three main competing views of church and state in America. The first is the medieval model of an establishment, which was promoted by the puritans. The second is the dissenting Protestant model, characterized by a respectful separation of church and state. The final one is the liberal model view, which is that church and state should be separate because of the inferior, and basically irrational, world view of the church and religious believers.

Keywords: separation of church and state; secularism and religion; Samuel Puffendorf; Pierre Bayle

Chapter.  6382 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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