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Peeking through Jefferson’s Relocated Wall: A Sociological Assessment of U.S. Church–State Relations

N.J. Demerath III

in The Oxford Handbook of Church and State in the United States

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195326246
Published online January 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195326246.003.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Peeking through Jefferson’s Relocated Wall: A Sociological Assessment of U.S. Church–State Relations

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This article provides a sociological account of the First Amendment's religious clauses' past, present, and future. It discusses the First Amendment religion clause in global perspective; where it stands in comparison with similar documents and practices in other countries; what it intended; how it has been implemented; and where it is heading. The article also discusses American church–state relations under four rubrics: the issues of establishment versus free exercise; the cultural exceptions versus structural exceptions; the separation in politics versus the state; and the politics within the state. It ends with an illustration of the recent developments in the definition of religion that may change the character of future American church–state relations.

Keywords: sociological account; religious clauses; First Amendment; church–state relations; issues of establishment; free exercise; cultural exceptions; structural exceptions; politics; state

Article.  12037 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Comparative Politics

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