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Church and State in American History

The objectives of this course are: to study the historical context of America’s contemporary debate over the proper relation of church and state; to analyze the seminal theories that have characterized historically the interpretation of the religion clauses of the constitution; and to become familiar with the uses of legal documents for historical research and theological reflection.


This syllabus was created for the Young Scholars in American Religion program.

Kathleen Flake

Vanderbilt University

Private College or University
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Graduate Course, Seminar
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Religious Studies, History

General Comparative Traditions, Indigenous, Protestant
Religous Tradition

Family/Children/Reproduction, Gender/Women/ Sexuality, Politics/Law/Government, Pluralism/Secularism/Culture Wars

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