There is a lot of conventional wisdom about the origins of religious freedom in the United States that isn’t true, says church-state expert Carl Esbeck in Today’s Conversation podcast with NAE President Leith Anderson. Knowing the real history helps us better understand our current context and future challenges.
Based out of the University of Missouri, Carl has published widely in the area of religious liberty and church-state relations. He has also served as NAE legal counsel since 2002. In this podcast, you’ll learn:
- How different states handled the relationship between church and state in early America;
- Who were the “religious dissenters” that played a prominent role in shaping today’s church-state framework;
- Why the U.S. structure is so unique; and
- How early American church-state history applies to our current context.
Read a Portion of the Transcript
Leith: Is the United States the first to do this [disestablishment of religion]? Many European countries still have established churches. Has any country ever had the level of religious freedom that the United States was embarking on in its early century?
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- “Disestablishment and Religious Dissent: Church-State Relations in the New American States, 1776–1833” — book edited by Carl H. Esbeck and Jonathan J. Den Hartog
- “Thoughtful, Knowledgeable Voices: Amicus Briefs Speak Into Court Cases” — Evangelicals magazine article by Kim Colby
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