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Religion and the Law in America: An Encyclopedia of Personal Belief and Public Policy Hardcover – May 18, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1851098637 ISBN-10: 1851098631 Edition: 1st

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· Analyzes numerous legal cases and specific controversies across the broad area of religion and the law

· Surveys both religious and political activism, pointing out similarities as well as differences, and how they have inspired opposing points of view

· Describes key players as well as key episodes in history

· Draws from the disciplines of history and religious studies to provide an evenhanded presentation of a highly controversial issue

· 250 A–Z entries analyze specific court cases or offer short, topical surveys of specific areas

· Bibliographies follow each entry, indicating direction for further investigation

· Thematic essays analyze such controversial topics as the establishment clause, the teaching of creationism and evolution, and the refusal of medical care

· A chronology traces the development of attitudes toward the issue and changes in the relationship between church and state

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Does freedom of religion include freedom from religion? Where exactly did the founding fathers intend to draw the line between church and state when they wrote the First Amendment? Despite more than two centuries of debate and over 300 Supreme Court decisions, we have never arrived at satisfactory answers to these questions.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 722 pages
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO; 1 edition (May 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851098631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851098637
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,997,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By walner bienaime on July 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Great book for people who really want to know about the history
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