Religion and the State

Religion and the State : Europe and North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

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The book discusses the relationship of religion to political entities (countries) in Europe and America in the 17th and 18th centuries. It aims to fill a gap in the literature by understanding the varieties of religious expression in Europe at the time and how those trends influenced the rise of religion in the American colonies and the early United States, and also to wonder if the founding fathers of the US desired a Christian nation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • black & white tables
  • 0739171569
  • 9780739171561

Table of contents

Foreword Introduction Chapter 1: Church and State in Early Modern Europe, by James Hitchcock Chapter 2: The Reformed Theologian, the Forgotten Political Theorist? Change and Contest in Theology and Ecclesiology in Late Sixteenth and early Seventeenth-Century Reformed England, by Sara C. Kitzinger Chapter 3: The Leviathan Is Not Safely to Be Angered": The Convocation Controversy, Country Ideology, and Anglican High Churchmanship, 1689-1702, by Brent S. Sirota, Chapter 4: The French Revolution and the Civil Constitution of the Clergy: The Unintentional Turning Point, by Noah Shusterman Chapter 5: Spanish Legal Solution to the Presence of Religious Symbols in the Public Sphere: A Cautious Evolution from a Catholic Denominational Past to an Effective Secularism, by Rebeca Vazquez Gomez Chapter 6: Church, State, and Capital Punishment in Seventeenth-Century Connecticut, by Lawrence B. Goodheart Chapter 7: English Law and Religious Tolerance: The Jewish Experience in the Southern New England Colonies, 1677-1798, by Holly Snyder Chapter 8: Oaths and Christian Belief in the New Nation: 1776-1789, by Tara Thompson Strauch Chapter 9: Education, Religion, and the State in Post-Revolutionary America, by Keith Pacholl Chapter 10: Fighting Over the Founders: Reflections on the Historiography of the Founders' Faiths, by Matt McCook Index
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Review quote

"A significant range of essays by an impressive array of scholars. This book is attentive to the ironic interplay of religious and secular forces during what could be called the founding era of liberal democracy." -- Barry Hankins, professor of history and church-state studies, Baylor University
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About Matthew S. Hedstrom

Joshua B. Stein has taught at Roger Williams University since 1969. He received his PhD from St. Louis University in history and A.M. in Religious Studies from Brown University. His most recent book is Commentary on the Constitution from Plato to Rousseau (Lexington Books, 2011). Currently, he is working on a comparative study of the literature of the First World War and the Iliad. Sargon G. Donabed is Assistant Professor at Roger Williams University, where he teaches Middle Eastern history and religious studies. He serves on the advisory board of the journal Chronos, published by the University of Balamand in Lebanon. His work has been published in journals such as Folklore and National Identities. He is a recipient of The American Academic Research Institute Iraq (TAARII) grant for his work on Assyrian folklore of Iraq and is the co-editor of The Assyrian Heritage: Threads of Continuity and Influence (2012).
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