By Jonathan A. Wright
The First modification is express and concise on faith and the country: Congress shall make no legislation respecting an institution of faith, or prohibiting the loose workout thereof. however, those few phrases have prompted a lot confusion and controversy for successive generations. the controversy over spiritual freedom has usually come to the leading edge in the course of American historical past. when you consider that colonial instances, americans have debated the way to interpret and observe the 1st modification. via biographical histories of people inquisitive about the liberty of faith debates, readers will realize how participants' concepts, ideals, and activities affected how the faith clauses are considered this present day and all through American background. issues akin to prayer in colleges, spiritual symbols, exemption from army responsibility, and the pledge of allegience are addressed. contributors equivalent to Anne Hutchinson, Jerry Falwell, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joseph Franklin Rutherford, and Roger Williams are integrated. An introductory essay, an appendix of shorter entries on extra figures, and a bibliography also are included.
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