Religious Liberty in Western Thought

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Noel B. Reynolds, W. Cole Durham, Jr.
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1996 - 312 páginas

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In this volume, several leading scholars harvest the best of Western thinking on religious liberty. An opening chapter shows how religious liberty emerged slowly in the West through centuries of cruel experience and growing enlightenment. Separate chapters thereafter take up the unique role of such titans as Marsilius, Luther, Calvin, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Tocqueville, and the American framers in the Western drama of religious liberty. From widely divergent experiences, these titans discovered the cardinal principles of religious liberty -- religious pluralism and toleration, religious equality and non- discrimination, liberty of conscience and association, freedom of expression and exercise. From widely discordant convictions, they distilled the most enduring models of church and state and of religion and law in the West -- from the organic models of earlier centuries to the dualistic models of more recent times.

Contributors:
Brian Tierney
Steven Ozment
John Witte Jr.
Joshua Mitchell
W. Cole Durham Jr.
Michael W. McConnell
Ellis Sandoz
Thomas L. Pangle

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ROUSSEAUS CIVIL RELIGION AND THE IDEAL OF WHOLENESS
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EDMUND BURKES TOLERANT ESTABLISHMENT
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RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND RELIGION IN THE AMERICAN FOUNDING REVISITED
245
THE ACCOMMODATION OF RELIGION A TOCQUEVILLIAN PERSPECTIVE
291
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Página 282 - establishment of religion' clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another.
Página 212 - Society is, indeed, a contract. Subordinate contracts for objects of mere occasional interest may be dissolved at pleasure, but the state ought not to be considered as nothing better than a partnership agreement in a trade of pepper and coffee, calico or tobacco, or some other such low concern, to be taken up for a little temporary interest and to be dissolved by the fancy of the parties.
Página 270 - Because we hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth " that religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence.
Página 173 - He who dares to undertake the making of a people's institutions ought to feel himself capable, so to speak, of changing human nature, of transforming each individual, who is by himself a complete and solitary whole, into part of a greater whole from which he in a manner receives his life and being...
Página 199 - The passage from the state of nature to the civil state produces a very remarkable change in man, by substituting justice for instinct in his conduct, and giving his actions the morality they had formerly lacked.
Página 260 - But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
Página 213 - The sober people of America are weary of the fluctuating policy which has directed the public councils. They have seen with regret and with indignation that sudden changes and legislative interferences in cases affecting personal rights become jobs in the hands of enterprising and influential speculators and snares to the more industrious and less informed part of the community.

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