The American Theory of Church and State

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The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd., 2002 - Political Science - 183 pages
Beth, Loren P. The American Theory of Church and State. Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 1958. vii, 183 pp. Reprinted 2002 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 2001023455. ISBN 1-58477-179-8. Cloth. $65. * Beth questions the relevance of the principle of church-state separation in light of the modern American political system and modern society in general. In his impassioned theory, Beth defends this separation, and supports his thesis with a historical perspective that traces the idea from its origins in seventeenth-century English thought to the present day.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
THE ENGLISH BACKGROUND
3
CHURCH AND STATE IN THE AMERICAN COLONIES 16061775
33
REVOLUTION AND CONSTITUTION 17751800
61
TESTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLE 18001958
77
CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN PROBLEMS
101
POSSIBLE CHURCHSTATE RELATIONSHIPS
123
A MODERN AMERICAN THEORY OF SEPARATION
137
CONCLUSION
153
NOTES
156
BIBLIOGRAPHY
171
INDEX
177

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