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Books on Separation of Church and State – A Reading Guide

Separation Church State Books

Separation of Church and State is one of the distinctive marks of American democracy, and yet also continues to be a contentious part of our history … Here are some excellent books on separation of church and state that help us get our bearings.


Separation Church State Books

Christianity and Freedom: Volume 1: Historical Perspectives (Law and Christianity)

Shah and Hertzke, Eds.

*** ALSO VOLUME 2 –
Contemporary Perspectives

In Volume 1 of Christianity and Freedom, leading historians uncover the unappreciated role of Christianity in the development of basic human rights and freedoms from antiquity through today. These include radical notions of dignity and equality, religious freedom, liberty of conscience, limited government, consent of the governed, economic liberty, autonomous civil society, and church-state separation, as well as more recent advances in democracy, human rights, and human development. Acknowledging that the record is mixed, scholars document how the seeds of freedom in Christianity antedate and ultimately undermine later Christian justifications and practices of persecution. Drawing from history, political science, and sociology, this volume will become a standard reference work for historians, political scientists, theologians, students, journalists, business leaders, opinion shapers, and policymakers.



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