Conscience is the Most Sacred Property: James Madison, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Justice45 min
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.
- What challenges are you facing?
- What fears or concerns might you have?
- What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?
- What was Madison’s role in defending religious liberty and justice?
- Why did Madison believe he needs to protect justice for those being persecuted?
- What did Madison do in order to protect justice?
Discuss the following questions with your students.
- What is the historical context of the narrative?
- What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
- How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
- How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society?
- How might exercise of the virtue benefit the protagonist?
- What might the exercise of the virtue cost the protagonist?
- Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
- How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
- Students will study James Madison’s work in securing religious freedom
- Students will analyze how James Madison’s work was in pursuit of justice
- Students will apply this understanding to how they can act justly in their own lives