Church-state Constitutional Issues: Making Sense of the Establishment Clause

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Greenwood Press, 1991 - Law - 143 pages

Church-State Constitutional Issues explores the often-debated and always topical issue of the relationship between church and state as outlined in the First Amendment. Donald L. Drakeman takes an interdisciplinary approach to examine the meaning of the establishment clause, demonstrating how the studies of law, religion, history, and political science provide insight into this relationship, which, since the nation's inception, has been difficult to define.

The study first chronicles the Supreme Court's decision regarding the interpretation of the establishment clause from the early 19th century to the present. This legal history is subsequently viewed from a cultural perspective as Drakeman traces both the background of the First Amendment and how the relationship of church and state has developed on its journey through the court system. The volume moves towards further understanding of this complex issue as it concludes with a new interpretation of the establishment clause derived from previous information as well as further legal and political interpretive material.

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Donald L. Drakeman is a lecturer in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, and president of a biotechnology company. He holds a PhD in American religious history from Princeton and a JD from Columbia Law School. He specializes in religion and government issues and American constitutional law. Mr. Drakeman co-edited Church and State in American History: The Burden of Religious Pluralism and has written articles for Rutgers Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, and The Christian Century.

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