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By Arlin M. Adams

Here's a concise review of the old improvement and judicial interpretation of the 1st modification faith clauses. It starts with a survey of the heritage of yank non secular liberty, is going directly to current the perspectives of the Founding Fathers, after which considers the middle worth of non secular liberty and the constitutional reasons that enforce that worth.

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In South Carolina, the efforts of the Presbyterians, led by the Reverend William Tennent, hastened the abolition of the establishment. "72 Maryland abandoned its Anglican establishment during the Revolution, but adopted a modified Erastian policy and continued to prefer Anglicanism. For Jews and other non-Christians, complete religious liberty in Maryland came only after a long and bitter battle. The Constitutional Period By 1787, it was evident that national unity could not be achieved under the Articles of Confederation.

Form the basis whereon these republics, their laws and constitutions, are erected. Northwest Ordinance, 1787 The American Founders were influenced greatly by theologians and philosophers who reflected on the religious conflicts that occurred in the wake of the Reformation. From Martin Luther and John Calvin they inherited the view that God had instituted "two kingdoms"a heavenly one where the church exercised spiritual authority and an earthly one where the civil magistrates exercised temporal authority.

77 The federal test oath clause was primarily the work of Charles Pinckney, an Episcopalian lawyer from South Carolina. Early in the Convention he introduced the so-called Pinckney Plan, which included a proposal that "[t]he legislature of the United States shall pass no law on the subject of religion. . "78 The Convention never acted on this proposal, probably because most delegates believed such a clause unnecessary. The federal government was limited strictly to enumerated powers and therefore possessed no authority over religion.

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