Church and State Seminar: Religion and Liberty in the American Founding Era

July 24-30, 2016

This five-day seminar will examine the relationship between religion and politics in the period of the American Revolution, founding, and early republic. Open to untenured faculty and post-doctoral scholars in history, political theory, law, and religion, the seminar will explore primary sources at the intersection of church and state—charters, constitutions, and legal texts, as well as sermons, pamphlets, essays, speeches, debates, and religious texts. Topics will range from the colonial era and the First Great Awakening, through the revolution, constitution-making, and founding debates over religious liberty, to the dawn of the Second Great Awakening, with a view of politics from a religious perspective, and a view of religion from a political perspective. From Edwards to Emmons, from Mather to Madison, from Whitefield to Washington, major figures of this pivotal era in American religious and political history will be considered in their own historical settings. The seminar faculty will be leading scholars of American history, law and politics, and theology.

Daniel L. Dreisbach, American University
Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University
Gerald R. McDermott, Roanoke College

Registration Fee and Facilities
A $200 non-refundable registration fee is required of all accepted students. This fee covers room and board for the duration of the seminar.

Application Requirements and Instructions:
Please submit the following forms and documents via e-mail to Patrick Hough (

1. Curriculum vitae or resume.
2. Cover letter discussing the reasons for your interest in the seminar and an overview of any relevant experience in the seminar’s topic.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 1, 2016.