The Godless Constitution
A Moral Defense of the Secular State
Publication Date: August 2005
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"The Godless Constitution" is a ringing rebuke to the religious right's attempts, fueled by misguided and inaccurate interpretations of American history, to dismantle the wall between church and state erected by the country's founders. The authors, both distinguished scholars, revisit the historical roots of American religious freedom, paying particular attention to such figures as John Locke, Roger Williams, and especially Thomas Jefferson, and examine the controversies, up to the present day, over the proper place of religion in our political life. With a new chapter that explores the role of religion in the public life of George W. Bush's America, "The Godless Constitution" offers a bracing return to the first principles of American governance.
About the Author
Isaac Kramnick is Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government at Cornell University, where he also served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and faculty-elected member of the Board of Trustees. He is the author or editor of many books, including studies of the American founding fathers, Thomas Paine, Edmund Burke, and the twentieth-century Englishman Harold Laski.R. Laurence Moore is Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.