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In a powerful challenge to conventional wisdom, Philip Hamburger argues that the separation of church and state has no historical foundation in the First Amendment. The detailed evidence assembled here shows that eighteenth-century Americans almost n … weiterlesen
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Titel: Separation of Church and State
Autor/en: Philip Hamburger

ISBN: 0674013743
EAN: 9780674013742
Sprache: Englisch.
Harvard University Press

2. April 2004 - kartoniert - 528 Seiten

Beschreibung

In a powerful challenge to conventional wisdom, Philip Hamburger argues that the separation of church and state has no historical foundation in the First Amendment. The detailed evidence assembled here shows that eighteenth-century Americans almost never invoked this principle. Although Thomas Jefferson and others retrospectively claimed that the First Amendment separated church and state, separation became part of American constitutional law only much later.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Acknowledgments Introduction I. Late Eighteenth-Century Religious Liberty 1. Separation, Purity, and Anticlericalism 2. Accusations of Separation 3. The Exclusion of the Clergy 4. Freedom from Religious Establishments II. Early Nineteenth-Century Republicanism 5. Demands for Separation: Separating Federalist Clergy from Republican Politics 6. Keeping Religion Out of Politics and Making Politics Religious 7. Jefferson and the Baptists: Separation Proposed and Ignored as a Constitutional Principle III. Mid-Nineteenth-Century Americanism 8. A Theologically Liberal, Anti-Catholic, and American Principle 9. Separations in Society 10. Clerical Doubts and Popular Protestant Support IV. Late Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Constitutional Law 11. Amendment 12. Interpretation 13. Differences 14. An American Constitutional Right Conclusion Index

Portrait

Philip Hamburger is Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law at the Columbia Law School.

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Hamburger provides an alternate historical and political understanding concerning the development of the separation concept, relying on 17th-through 19th-century religious arguments and social patterns to challenge our accepted understanding of relationships between church and state...This clear historical analysis will be accessible to anyone interested in U.S. church-state relations and civil liberties. Highly recommended. -- Steven Puro Library Journal 20020515 This volume presents the fascinating and complex history of interpretations of the First Amendment in the U.S. and argues that the amendment's antiestablishment clause did not mandate separation of church and state. Instead, Hamburger insists that separation, an idea that may mean far more than the absence of establishment, became a constitutional freedom over an extended period of time, largely through fear and prejudice...Recommended. -- S. C. Pearson Choice 20021201 Hamburger has written an extremely important book. His prodigious learning and ingenious interpretations overturn the conventional wisdom, forcing even the most passionate defenders of separationism to recognize how much of the story of religious liberty has taken on mythical dimensions. -- Alan Wolfe Books and Culture 20020901 [Hamburger] devastates Jefferson's notion of a 'wall of separation' between religion and government, demonstrating that such a notion was utterly idiosyncratic at the time. Strict separation was revived by anti-Catholics in the 19th century and picked up by the court in the 20th, a development for which Justice Hugo Black bore much responsibility. The modern era of judicial hostility to organized religion and its symbols in the public square is directly contrary to what the Framers meant when they prohibited the establishment of religion. Though Mr. Hamburger does not trace the damage done by preposterous decisions in recent decades, this is a marvelous book. -- Robert Bork Wall Street Journal 20060114 Separation of Church and State by Philip Hamburger is, perhaps, the most talked about treatise on American church-state relations of the last generation. It is a weighty, thoroughly researched tome that presents a nuanced, provocative thesis and that strikes even seasoned church-state scholars as distinctive from most works on the subject...Hamburger's fresh appraisal of the historical record adds much to our understanding of church-state separation...Few pages in this richly documented and cogently argued book fail to excite reflection or challenge long-held assumptions. -- Daniel Dreisbach American Journal of Legal History
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