No phrase in American letters has had a more profound influence on church-state law, policy, and discourse than Thomas Jeffersonas awall of separation between church and state, a and few metaphors have provoked more passionate debate. Introduced in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association, Jeffersonas awalla is accepted by many Americans as a concise description of the U.S. Constitutionas church-state arrangement and conceived as a virtual rule of constitutional law. Despite the enormous influence of the awalla metaphor, almost no scholarship has investigated the text of the Danbury letter, the context in which it was written, or Jeffersonas understanding of his famous phrase. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy.Daniel Dreisbach ... Only days after it was written, the letter was reprinted in partisan Republican newspapers, where it served its maximum political purpose. ... had criticized the new president aas an enemy of religion Law aamp; good ordera because he refused as civil magistrate to craft aLaws to govern the Kingdom of Christ.
|Title||:||Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State|
|Publisher||:||NYU Press - 2003-10-01|