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

July 27-August 2, 2014

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.

2014 Faculty
Daniel L. Dreisbach, American University
Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University
Gerald R. McDermott, Roanoke College

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

1. Completed Application Form
2. Curriculum vitae or resume
3. Cover Letter articulating the reasons for your applying to the seminar and any relevant experience in the seminar’s topic.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis until April 15, 2014.

Registration Fee, Lodging, and Board
This seminar is hosted at the Erdman Conference Center of Princeton Theological Seminary. A $200 registration fee will be required of all accepted applicants to reserve a place in the seminar. Lodging and meals are provided.