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The serpentine wall : the winding boundary between church and state in the United States

Author: James F Harris
Publisher: New Brunswick (U.S.A.) ; London (U.K.) : Transaction Publishers, ©2013.
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The Serpentine Wall is chronologically structured. It begins with a history of ideas approach to the European backgrounds and colonial American experiments in theocracy and freedom of religion. It covers pre-modern American debates about religious freedom among the founding generation right up through the nineteenth century. The final section of the book focuses on the separation of church and state and how this has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Church history
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James F Harris
ISBN: 9781412849708 1412849705
OCLC Number: 793224179
Description: xv, 209 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Prologue to democracy and religious freedom. European influences --
Colonial America --
Part II. The republic, religious freedom, and church and state. The founding and the founders --
The early republic --
The nineteenth century --
Part III. Church and state in the modern United States. The twentieth century to the present --
The Supreme Court --
The serpentine wall and universal history.
Responsibility: James F. Harris.

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The Serpentine Wall is chronologically structured. It begins with a history of ideas approach to the European backgrounds and colonial American experiments in theocracy and freedom of religion. It covers pre-modern American debates about religious freedom among the founding generation right up through the nineteenth century. The final section of the book focuses on the separation of church and state and how this has become a matter determined by the Supreme Court. --from publisher description.

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"[A] superb introduction to the topic. Harris gives readers new insights into issues that remain politically potent today. He carefully traces the historic developments from Colonial establishments Read more...

 
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