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Titel: God and the Founders
Autor/en: Vincent Phillip Muñoz
Autor/en: Vincent Phillip Muñoz
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Cambridge University Press
3. März 2016 - gebunden - 254 Seiten
God and the Founders explains the church-state political philosophies of James Madison, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson.
Introduction: the Founders, religious freedom, and the First Amendment's religion clauses; Part I. The Founders' Church-State Political Philosophies: 1. James Madison's principle of state noncognizance of religion; 2. George Washington on church and state: religion and the civic good; 3. Thomas Jefferson's natural rights philosophy and anticlerical politics of religious liberty; Part II. The Founders and the First Amendment Religion Clauses: 4. Madison's, Washington's, and Jefferson's church-state doctrines; 5. Madison, Washington, Jefferson and the establishment clause; 6. Madison, Washington, Jefferson and the free exercise clause; 7. The Founders v. the Supreme Court; Conclusion: the Founders and church-state jurisprudence; Appendix A: James Madison, memorial and remonstrance against religious assessments; Appendix B: Patrick Henry, a bill 'establishing a provision for teachers of the Christian religion'; Appendix C: Thomas Jefferson, a bill for establishing religious freedom in Virginia.
Dr Vincent Phillip Munoz is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tufts University and a Faculty Affiliate at the Seattle University School of Law. He has held positions at Princeton University, Claremont McKenna College, North Carolina State University, and Pomona College. His writings have appeared in American Political Science Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, the Review of Politics, the Wall Street Journal, First Things, and Claremont Review of Books. His media appearances include commentary on National Public Radio and Voice of America Radio. He has testified before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on legal hostility toward religious expression in the public square.
'Vincent Philip Munoz begins this fine book by pointing to a notorious scandal - that there is no evident logic to the opinions handed down over the last sixty years by the U. S. Supreme Court regarding church and state and that over time the confusion sown by the court has grown more seriousness. This state of affairs he traces to the fact that the Justices always cite the Founders in their opinions on this matter and get them wrong. To encourage greater clarity and thoughtfulness in their judicial deliberations, he demonstrates that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison were, in fact, at odds; he encourages the Justices to make a fully-informed choice between their positions; and he indicates which choice he thinks most reasonable.' Paul Rahe, Hillsdale College 'An engaging, thoroughly researched, and well-written probe into the origins of one of America's most distinctive accomplishments - religious freedom - which also happens to be one of our most contentious contemporary constitutional issues. Munoz is one of the country's brightest young scholars; his first major book should be required reading at the Supreme Court, and indeed wherever issues of religious freedom are discussed in America today.' George Weigel, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, DC 'I know of no other book that does so good a job of probing the theoretical statements of the founders, relating their theory to their practice and then making concrete applications to specific cases and issues. Most of the literature tries to come up with a generalized 'consensus' founding view, which Munoz definitively shows is misguided. Most of the other literature remains at a level of generality that fails to show the concrete implications of the founders' (different) positions. This book definitely makes a contribution to a field on which a great deal has indeed been written.' Michael Zuckert, University of Notre Dame '... this book takes a more systematic approach ... Munoz makes a convincing case ...' History of Political Thought
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