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RELI0275

Separation of Church and State

Separation of Church and State: Religious Foundations for an American Ide AR, ET
This course will consider the meaning of the religion clauses of the First Amendment, with special attention given to the ways in which different definitions of "religion" and "politics" can affect the interpretation of their relationship. Our study of this American doctrine will begin with its historical foundations in the thought of Roger Williams, William Penn, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. We then will trace the evolution of interpretation through Supreme Court jurisprudence on church/state relations, primarily from the twentieth century. Finally, we will pay specific attention to the consequences of our interpretation on current debates over issues like school vouchers, faith-based initiatives, and the tax-status of religious organizations. 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Subject:
Religion
Department:
Religion
Division:
Humanities
Requirements Fulfilled:
NOR PHL SOC
Equivalent Courses:

Sections

Spring 2012

RELI0275A-S12 Lecture (Davis)

Fall 2009

RELI0275A-F09 Lecture (Davis)

Fall 2008

RELI0275A-F08 Lecture (Davis)

Fall 2004

RELI0275A-F04 Lecture (Davis)