Separating Church and State


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Roger Williams, founder of the colony of Rhode Island, is famous as an apostle of religious tolerance and a foe of religious establishments. In Separating Church and State, Timothy Hall combines impressive historical and legal scholarship to explore Williams's theory of religious liberty and relate it to current debate. Williams's fierce religious dogmatism, Hall argues, is precisely what led to his religious tolerance, making him one of the most articulate champions in history of the argument for the necessary separation of church and state.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 150.4 x 226.1 x 16.8mm | 378.21g
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0252066642
  • 9780252066641
  • 1,545,113

Table of contents

Separation and banishment -- The premises of religious establishment in the Massachusetts Bay Colony -- Challenging the logic of the puritan establishme -- Order and "civility" -- Roger Williams and the theoretical foundations of the First Amendment --The significance of Roger Williams.
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"With interpretive subtlety and great narrative flair, Hall succeeds admirably. His book deserves a wide audience and intensive course assignment... Just as Williams emerges from Hall's pages as a complex hero, his Puritan persecutors are fully human opponents rather than cardboard villains. Explaining both Williams and the Massachusetts authorities in their own terms, Hall makes them as intelligible to us as they were to each other -- no small achievement." - Jame Kamensky, The Journal of American History
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