The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom: Its Evolution and Consequences in American History

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 29, 1988 - History - 373 pages
This book examines the famous Jefferson document that foreshadowed the Constitution's guarantee of religious liberty, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Jefferson wrote the Virginia Statute and shepherded it through a decade-long struggle for adoption. The statute reflects two key Revolutionary principles: absolute freedom of religious conscience and the separation of church and state.
 

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Contents

Colonial Religion and Liberty of Conscience
23
The Political Theology of Thomas Jefferson
75
James Madison the Statute for Religious Freedom
109
Quota of Imps
171
Jeffersonian Religious Liberty and American Pluralism
201
Jeffersons
237
The Priority of Democracy to Philosophy
257
Then and Now
283
The Supreme Court and the Serpentine Wall
313
Index
351
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