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Wall of Misconception [Hardcover]

By Peter A. Lillback (Author)
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Pages   216
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2008
Publisher   Providence Forum Press
ISBN  0978605233  
EAN  9780978605230  

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In Wall of Misconception, Peter Lillback examines our nation's historic understanding of and the founding fathers intention in the relationship of our Constitution to matters of faith, ethics, and morals, taking into account the historical and biblical context as well as the concept s relation to today's culture.This is both the layman's and professional's definitive guide to the separation of church and state and, indeed, the separation of God and government.How often have you heard it stated on TV, in the press, or by an acquaintance that the wall of separation between church and state are words taken right out of the US Constitution?In fact, the First Amendment to the Constitution - what is popularly referred to as the establishment clause, the only part of the US Constitution that even deals with religion and faith contains no reference whatsoever to a wall of separation, or, for that matter, any sort of wording including the phrase separation of church and state. The only words in the US Constitution concerning this topic are found in the First Amendment, where it is written: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...That's it. Yet these sixteen words have been elaborately interpreted by some as having a meaning that has no basis in the founders intentions or historic record. Where then has this mountain of contention come from, resulting in a wall of misconception between church and state, and indeed between God and government? The phrase wall of separation was coined by Thomas Jefferson in his private 1802 letter of response to the Danbury Baptist Association, wherein he reaffirmed the federal government s intention to protect the public s rights of conscience to believe and practice their faith without fear of interference from government.Several prominent citizens rights organizations will contend that this purported wall is being routinely breached by people of faith, yet others will assert that any action by the government to impede an individual s right to pray in school or at a public event, to display a Christmas tree in public or to say one nation under God in the Pledge of Allegiance is itself a violation of the First Amendment.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter A. Lillback (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and adjunct professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary and professor of church history at Reformed Episcopal Seminary, both located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Peter A. Lillback currently resides in Bryn Mawr Philadelphia Philade, in the state of Pennsylvania.

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A must read  Nov 11, 2009
This goes in the "must read" section of every Patriot library. It is well written, uniquely and cogently laid out, and well supported contextually, and with myriad sources. Surely an under-rated and under-appreciated work, and a well kept secret. I highly recommend it. If you ever wanted a well stated argument about the "wall of separation" being there to protect the church from the government, instead of the other way around, this is it.
A good read  Sep 18, 2009
Lillback provides a good overview for those wanting to understand the historical context of the "wall of separation." It's a quick read with direct source material included to support his positions. I wouldn't expect a conversion for those who assume the contemporary understanding [of separation of church and state] is consistent with the original intent, but at least they might gain some insights into how us old dinosaurs came up with opinions so different than what is being taught in the schools.

I have now ordered "Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers" to read a different point of view.

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