xxix, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
9781107150935 hardback 1107150930 hardback 9781316605462 paperback 1316605469 paperback
New histories of American law.
"This book furthers dialogue on the separation of church and state with an approach that emphasizes intellectual history and the constitutional theory that underlies American society. Mark Douglas McGarvie explains that the founding fathers of America considered the right of conscience to be an individual right, to be protected against governmental interference. While the religion clauses enunciated this right, its true protection occurred in the creation of separate public and private spheres. Religion and the churches were placed in the private sector. Yet, politically active Christians have intermittently mounted challenges to this bifurcation in calling for a greater public role for Christian faith and morality in American society. Both students and scholars will learn much from this intellectual history of law and religion that contextualizes a four-hundred-year-old ideological struggle"-- Provided by publisher.
Christopher L. Tomlins and Michael Grossberg, series editors.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-267) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Prologue: colonial America perpetuates state religion Revolution in thought and social organization: the legal hegemony of Jeffersonian liberalism, 1776-1828 A Christian counter-revolution and a new vision of American society, 1828-1865 Regulating behavior and teaching morals: the uses of religion, 1865-1937 The rights revolution, 1937-2015 Epilogue: the significance of history and a reconsideration of original intent.
KF4783 .M25 2016
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2016.