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Law and Religion: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

The Center on Religion and the Constitution of the Witherspoon Institute organized a consultation on Law and Religion: Philosophical and Historical Perspectives, held at Princeton University on April 16-18, 2009. This consultation brought together leading scholars in the fields of constitutional law, history and political philosophy to examine Church-state legal doctrines in American constitutional thought and discuss how the advance of secularism has changed the social and political dynamic between law and religion in our public life. In an effort to promote comprehensive and meaningful discourse on the interaction between law and religion, the conference format comprised five main sessions, consisting of one or two presentations about a particular question or issue, followed by a moderated discussion among a select group of scholars, attorneys, and judges.

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