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“the cynical remarked that it (the court decision) had “dismissed hell with costs.” ”
If you wish to delve even deeper into this timely topic, recent books that beckoned me to turn the page and to think harder are John G. West, Jr., The Politics of Reason and Revelation: Religion and Civic Life in the New Nation (1996) and Mark Douglas McGarvie, One Nation Under Law: America’s Early National Struggles to Separate Church and State (2004).
It was difficult for the proponents of ratification to address Jefferson’s reservations. Thanks to Madison’s frequent letters to Paris, where Jefferson was serving as ambassador, he kept current with the debates over the Constitution and pressed for adding a bill of rights that would explicitly guarantee both full religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In the end, Madison agreed, and the First Amendment, added to the Constitution in 1791 as one of ten amendments comprising the Bill of Rights, opens with the declaration that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Contents: On Controversy; Broad Church?; The Essayists; The Essays; Early Responses; The Great Reviews; Censures; The War of the Pamphlets; Tracts into Tomes; The Case in Court; Verdict; Appeals; Acquittal; Condemnation; Aftermath; Epilogue; The Night Battle; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index.
‘His writing is as crisp and inviting as nineteenth-century prose was long-winded and byzantine. He also has an enviable grasp of the intricacies of journalistic warfare in Victorian Britain.’ Church History ‘Exactly the right scholar has taken up this fascinating episode in the history of Victorian religion, and he has detailed it with exactly the right blend of understanding and detachment. This is religious, social and literary criticism as it ought to be.’ Nineteenth-Century Literature In recent years no American scholar has done more than Josef Altholz to illuminate the Victorian concern with religion fro late twentieth-century readers.’ Nineteenth Century Prose