That Godless Court? Supreme Court Decisions on Church-State Relationships

ISBN-10: 0664228917
ISBN-13: 9780664228910
Edition: 2nd 2005 (Annotated)
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 9/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 275
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

In this helpful and instructive book, now updated to include discussions of the Supreme Court's decisions through the Fall 2004 term, Ronald B. Flowers explains clearly and concisely the intricacies and implications of Supreme Court decisions in the volatile area of church-state relations. This is an ideal primer for those Americans who have listened to the debates about what the Supreme Court has and has not said about the relationship between church and state, and where the boundaries between the two have been eroded. It is also ideal for use in the classroom, specifically in undergraduate courses in religion and the court, introductions to U.S. constitutional law, constitutional law and politics, and the Supreme Court. The book is also a helpful tool for pastors, clarifying contemporary church-state issues that impact their churches and parishioners directly and indirectly.

Introduction
The Court and Its Procedures
Selecting Cases: The First Step
Deciding Cases and Clarifying the Law
Background of Constitutional Principles
The Seventeenth Century: A Variety of Church-State Relationships
The Eighteenth Century: The Process of Disestablishment
The Constitution
Defining the Scope of Religious Freedom Prior to 1963
Mormon Cases
Jehovah's Witnesses Cases
Theology: A Forbidden Area
The Uncertain Status of Religious Freedom: 1963-2004
The "Sherbert Test"
Clergy and Public Office
The Military and Prisons
Native American Cases
Solicitation in Public Places
Laws of General Applicability: Drug Use
Animal Sacrifice
Legislative Remedy to Smith
From Congregational Fights to Pacifism
Church Property
Workplace Issues
Conscientious Objection
Aid to Church-Related Schools
Government Aid to Parochial Schools
Excursus 1: The "Lemon Test"
Excursus 2: Standing
Permitted Government Aid
Prohibited Services
Tuition Tax Credit Plans
Government Aid to Church-Related Universities
Prohibited Services Revisited
The Grand Goal of Accommodationists: Vouchers
Religion in Public Schools
Released Time
Prayer and Teaching Religion
Teaching Evolution and Creation Science
Secular Humanism
Equal Access
The Pledge of Allegiance
Blue Laws, Bars, Taxes, and Plastic Reindeer: The Complexity of Establishment Clause Issues
Sunday Closing Laws
Legislative Chaplains
A Church as Government Agent
Unequal Government Treatment
Taxes
Religious Symbols on Public Property
Flash Points and the Future
The Rise of the Christian Right
The Free Exercise Clause
The Establishment Clause and Original Intent
Implications
Epilogue
Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments
An Act for Establishing Religious Freedom
Chronological Table of Cases
Notes
Selected Bibliography

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