Church and State Seminar: Religion and Liberty in the American Founding Era
This seminar is offered in even numbered years, and its next iteration will take place in the summer of 2020. Please check back in the fall of 2019 for additional details.
Princeton, New Jersey
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, Beeson Divinity School
This seminar is open to advanced graduate students at the ABD level, post-doctoral fellows, and early career faculty.
The following documents are required of applicants: cover letter explaining your interest in the seminar, resume or curriculum vitae, and two letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted online; applications received by email or mail will not be considered.
Location and Admissions Information
Admitted students will be notified of their status in mid-March. A non-refundable $250 registration fee is required of all admitted students to offset the costs of tuition, room, and board to attend this program.
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