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Separation Perspective Dr. Davis claims that the Founding Fathers believed in voluntarism, the right of every person to believe and practice his or her faith without coercion or interference from government, which can only be protected by a strong commitment to the separation of church and state. The evolution of this separation across U.S. history What are some examples that you remember from reading the chapter? The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
Contained two clauses:
The "establishment clause," which eliminated the possibility of an established church within the nation.
The "free exercise clause," which preserved the right of the citizen to believe whatever they wanted without civil coercion. Dr. Davis notes a gradual progress towards the separation of church and state. This is seen as a staple in the American public philosophy in a way that could never be appreciated by analyzing the founding era in isolation. "Religious liberty is America's great gift to civilization and the world."
Initial response? Classical Separation and Religion The separation of church and state was never meant to minimize religion. This separation was instead created to ensure that the state was performing its secular task and that the church was doing its spiritual one.
It is not the states role to interfere with the free choice that God has given humans. Religious liberty was given by God as a natural human right and the federal government has no authority to interfere. The Three Rules: 1. Separation of church and state
2. Integration of religion and politics
3. Accommodation of civil religion Summary America was the first nation to construct a constitutional framework that officially sanctioned the separation of church and state.
Modern states have learned that granting religious freedom to citizens increases the citizens' willingness to develop bonds of loyalty and patriotism.
Government should be involved in the fight against common enemies of humanity, but it is not its role to spread the gospel. Responses Catholic Response Anabaptist Response Social Justice Response Principled Pluralist Response Fill in more history here Quiz Questions