The Believers and the Powers that Are: Cases, History, and other Data Bearing on the Relation of Religion and Government.

Citation: 
Noonan, John T. The Believers and the Powers that Are: Cases, History, and other Data Bearing on the Relation of Religion and Government. Macmillan, 1987.
Abstract: 

John T. Noonan asserts that the provisions of religious freedom in America are the result of interaction between biblical religion, European experience, and the American Constitution. Noonan, a judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, provides a sweeping compendium of “cases, history, and other data bearing on the relation of religion and government.” Divided into three parts, the book unfolds through narration of about two hundred original sources as diverse as letters, speeches, manifestos, legislations, and cases; Noonan supplies explanatory notes and commentary in each instance. Part I, “Roots,” portrays historical selection of documents beginning with the Ten Commandments and ending with John Locke. Part II, “The American Experience,” features sources related specifically to issues of religious freedom in America in its legal ramifications. Part III, “Contemporary Controversies,” explores emotionally charged issues such as civil rights and abortions, churches’ involvement in politics, and federal and state support for religious education.

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