Patriotism & Piety with Jonathan Den Hartog | BRI Scholar Talks
Religion was at the heart of the founding of the American colonies, but did you know that it played a major role in political life? In this episode of Scholar Talks, BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams is joined by Jonathan Den Hartog, Professor of History at Samford University, to discuss how religion influenced politics in the early Republic. How did religion affect the growing partisan divide between Federalists and Democratic-Republicans? What lessons can we learn from the political division of the late eighteenth-century Republic?
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Religious Liberty: An American Experiment
In Religious Liberty: An American Experiment, students will gain an understanding of the importance of religious liberty in America, the way our Constitution protects it, and the reasons it is significant today. They will see how the example of religious liberty in America has become a model for many other nations and is an ongoing experiment.
Conscience is the Most Sacred Property: James Madison, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Justice
In this lesson, students will learn about James Madison's fight to promote and advance religious freedom in the State of Virginia. They will explore how his actions conformed to the idea of justice and through his example, learn how they can pursue justice in their own lives.
The Constitution, the First Amendment, and Religious Liberty
In this lesson, students will learn how leading Founders and religious dissenters contributed to religious liberty in America. Students will analyze primary source documents concerning the relationship between church and state, assess arguments for and against an established religion and a public role for religion in civic life and gain an appreciation for the philosophical and political process of the American experiment in religious liberty.