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The Religious Roots of the First Amendment: Dissenting Protestants and the Separation of Church and State

Nicholas P. Miller


This book argues that commitments by certain dissenting Protestants to the right of private judgment in matters of Biblical interpretation, an outgrowth of the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers, helped promote religious liberty and religious disestablishment in the early modern West. This movement climaxed in the disestablishment of religion in the early American colonies and nation. It describes a continuous strand of this religious thought—as well as the thinkers who spread it—from the early Protestant Reformation, across the European continent, through the English reformation, civ ... More

Keywords: First Amendment, religious liberty, church and state, tolerance, freedom

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199858361
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas P. Miller, author
Andrews University Seminary