This conference on The Sacred Rights of Conscience: The Development of Religious Liberty in America, 1610-1835 will explore a broad historical view of religious liberty in America from the earliest colonial settlements up through the early republic using Liberty Fund’s volume, The Sacred Rights of Conscience: Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding. The volume is uniquely arranged to address central themes about the nature of religious liberty in America and the proper relationship of church and state. What was the nature of religious freedom at America’s conception a notion of rights, of toleration, or something else? How did it influence other aspects of American thinking and ideas about church-state relations? How did such ideas change over time? And, finally, to what extent are those conceptions still viable?
- This colloquium will consist of 6 guided Socratic discussion sessions.
- The discussion sessions are text-based and so selected participants are required to prepare appropriately and participate fully in all sessions.
- Readings will be provided to all accepted participants.
- This colloquium is for Acton alumni who are currently enrolled or have recently completed graduate level work.