Mark D. McGarvie's One Nation Under Law is the most innovative recent study of church-state relations in the early republic. McGarvie argues that the separation of church and state resulted from the contract clause of the Constitution, not the First Amendment, and that the separation of church and state was the original intent of the Constitution's Framers. The Framers sought to reconstruct American society along liberal lines, replacing both colonial Christian communitarianism and classical republicanism with a radical new society.
Journal of the Early Republic
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© 2006, University of Pennsylvania Press. Neem, Johan, "One Nation Under Law: America's Early National Struggles to Separate Church and State (review)" and "The Founders on God and Government (review)." Journal of the Early Republic, 26.2 (2006): 333-338.
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Neem, Johann N., "Review of: One Nation Under Law: America's Early National Struggles to Separate Church and State, and The Founders on God and Government" (2006). History Faculty and Staff Publications. 5.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Church and state--United States--History
Subjects - Names (LCNAF)
McGarvie, Mark D. (Mark Douglas), 1956-. One nation under law