Religion in the Life, Thought, and Presidency of James Madison
Was James Madison a Christian? Was his political thought grounded upon traditional religious faith? Did he seek—to borrow a phrase from Thomas Jefferson—to erect “a wall of separation” between church and state? This chapter addresses these questions though a close examination of some of Madison’s writings and presidential actions. It begins with a discussion of the role of religion in Madison’s life and thought. It then proceeds to examine Madison’s view of the proper role of religion in American public life.
KeywordsAmerican Political Science Review Religious Freedom Strict Separationist Constitutional Principle Philosophical Reasoning
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