Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment
Image for Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment

Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment
Fourth Edition
John Witte, Jr. and and Joel A. Nichols
Oxford University Press Academic 2016 

  • Offers a comprehensive analysis of every Supreme Court case on religious freedom from 1815-2015
  • Analyzes every eighteenth century text that helped to form the original intent of the First Amendment no establishment and free exercise clause
  • Delineates the principles of American religious freedom that were central to the founders and remain axiomatic for modern religious freedom
  • Compares modern United States Supreme Court cases and modern European Court of Human Rights cases on religious freedom
  • Engages with recent academic attacks on religious freedom and makes a strong argument for a principled religious freedom

New to this Edition:

  • Analyzes seven new US Supreme Court cases since 2010, including Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and CLS v. Martinez
  • Includes an appendix on cutting edge issues of religious liberty and church-state relations that are currently challenging lower courts and will likely find their way to the Supreme Court in the next few years
  • Each chapter is updated in light of new scholarship and new Supreme Court case law through the 2015 term