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In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
― Mark Twain, "10 July 1908: Paragraph 8," in the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 3.
Religion & Civil Society
Baylor University maintains an extensive list of primary source documents on issues relating to the interaction of religion and politics, categorized by era from ancient times to the present, as well as information related to US court cases, links to prominent scholars and organizations in church-state relations, etc.
God in America
This six hour PBS documentary can be watched online.
This site presents information about key figures and schools of thought in liberation theology.
Liberty: a magazine of religious freedom
Published by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. (1997 to present)
Nicholas Wolterstorff on Faith in Liberal Democracy
Nicholas Wolterstorff of Yale University discusses the strengths and weaknesses of various secular and faith-based conceptions of justice and the public sphere, making a case for the relevance of religiously shaped discourses in deliberative democracies.
Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
From the Library of Congress, the efforts of the Founders of the American nation to define the role of religious faith in public life and the degree to which it could be supported by public officials that was not inconsistent with the revolutionary imperatives of the equality and freedom of all citizens is the central question which this exhibition explores. Includes digitized primary source documents.
Text Creation Partnership
This project transcribes and encodes the page images of books from ProQuest’s Early English Books Online, Gale Cengage’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online, and Readex’s Evans Early American Imprints. This work, and the resulting text files, are jointly funded and owned by more than 150 libraries worldwide. Ultimately, all of the TCP’s work will be placed into the public domain for anyone to use. The texts can be searched through web interfaces provided by the libraries at the University of Michigan and University of Oxford.
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