A Nation Dedicated to Religious Liberty

9780812213188: Paperback
Release Date: 1st August 1990

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 188

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

A Nation Dedicated to Religious Liberty

The Constitutional Heritage of the Religion Clauses

Paperback / £17.99

Here is a concise overview of the historical development and judicial interpretation of the First Amendment religion clauses. It begins with a survey of the history of American religious liberty, goes on to present the views of the Founding Fathers, and then considers the core value of religious liberty and the constitutional purposes that implement that value.

the book ends on a practical note by applying these principles to questions of equal access, religious symbolism in public life, and the task of defining religion for constitutional purposes. As the authors note in their introduction, "the historical principles that animate the religion clauses are more than an abstract intellectual exercise. . . . They provide an essential context for guiding the resolution of modern religious liberty issues."

Foreword by Warren E. Burger

Chapter One. The Historical Roots of American Religious Liberty
Chapter Two. The Founders on Religious Liberty
Chapter Three. The Supreme Court and Religious Liberty
Chapter Four. The Animating Principles of the Religion Clauses
Chapter Five. Religious Liberty in Contemporary America

One. Historical Documents on American Religious Liberty
Two. Early Declarations sand Constitutional Previsions on Religion
Three. Leading Supreme Court Decisions on Religious Liberty


Before becoming counsel to the law firm of Schnader, Arlin M. Adams served as a U.S. Court of Appeals judge from 1969 to 1987. His professional and civic leadership has been evident throughout the length of his distinguished career. In 2001 Susquehanna University created the Arlin M. Adams Center for Law and Society at Susquehanna to honor his many achievements, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Annenberg Foundation established the Arlin M. Adams Professorship on Constitutional Law in his honor in 2005. Charles J. Emmerich is Professor of Legal Studies at Olivet Nazarene University, where he is the founder and executive director of the Center for Law and Culture. From 1969 to 1986 Warren E. Burger served as chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.