Chapter 4. Church and State

  1. Philip Goff Director Professor
  1. Derek Davis Dean Director

Published Online: 16 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch4

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America

How to Cite

Davis, D. (2010) Church and State, in The Blackwell Companion to Religion in America (ed P. Goff), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324082.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, USA

Author Information

  1. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169363

Online ISBN: 9781444324082

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Keywords:

  • Church and State;
  • United States of America framing its political order - on belief that separating religion and government is best;
  • American Founding Fathers, human conscience shaping one's religious perspectives;
  • Church and State - relationship between religion and state in American system;
  • Jeffersonian liberals, leaders moving early America from communitarian society, with churches functioning as semi-public institutions;
  • “separation” - institutional separation of church and state;
  • institutional separation of church and state - judicial decisions limiting religious activity in public schools;
  • institutional separation of church and state - novel experiment in human history;
  • accommodation of civil religion;
  • role of religion in American public life – controversial, remaining so far into the future

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Separation of Church and State

  • Integration of Religion and Politics

  • Accommodation of Civil Religion

  • Conclusion

  • Bibliography