The Sacred Rights of Conscience
Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding
Publication Date: August 2009
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Including material that has been previously unavailable or hard to find, "The Sacred Rights of Conscience" contains original documents from both public and private papers, such as constitutions, statutes, legislative resolutions, speeches, sermons, newspapers, letters, and diary entries. These documents provide a vivid reminder that religion was a dynamic factor in shaping American social, legal, and political culture and that there has been a struggle since the inception of the Republic to define the prudential and constitutional role of religion in public culture.
Daniel L. Dreisbach is William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life for the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.
Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Political Science at George Fox University.