The myth of American religious freedom / David Sehat.
Oxford ; New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2011.
[ix], 356 pages ; 24 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction : The myth of American religious freedom Contested liberties A godless establishment? The moral establishment The moral purpose of slavery and abolition Moral reproduction and the family Morals, citizenship, and segregation Women's rights, woman's individuality, and the Bible Religion, morals, and law A conflict of authorities Liberal and conservative moral visions The liberal moment A moral majority? Conclusion : Moral maximalism and religious control.
In the battles over religion and politics in America, both liberals and conservatives often appeal to history. Liberals claim that the Founders separated church and state. But for much of American history, David Sehat writes, Protestant Christianity was intimately intertwined with the state. Yet the past was not the Christian utopia that conservatives imagine either. Instead, a Protestant moral establishment prevailed, using government power to punish free thinkers and religious dissidents.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -342) and index.
BR516 .S43 2011
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