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Theological and Philosophical Origins of Religious Liberty in the U.S. Constitution

Kristine Kalanges

in Religious Liberty in Western and Islamic Law

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199859467
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933518 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199859467.003.0002
Theological and Philosophical Origins of Religious Liberty in the U.S. Constitution

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This chapter discusses the early modern origins of freedom of religion in the Protestant Reformation (including the contributions of Martin Luther and John Calvin), the genesis of the “American constitutional experiment in religious liberty” (noting, especially, the influence of Roger Williams, John Locke, and James Madison), and the formulation of religious freedom in and subsequent jurisprudence of the First Amendment (e.g., the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses).

Keywords: Protestant Reformation; Martin Luther; John Calvin; religious freedom; Roger Williams; John Lock; James Madison; First Amendment

Chapter.  12377 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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