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The 25-Year Legacy of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association


Public Advocacy Because of their prophetic beliefs, Seventh-day Adventists have imagined a world without religious freedom perhaps more than most people of faith. Curiously this proclivity has at times led some Adventists to minimize the importance of religious freedom as a “public ministry.” Any group must reject tendencies toward public isolation and parochialism. In the 1880s Adventists and other alert ... Read More »

Retro Essay: Declaring the United States a “Christian Nation” does not make it one


In January 1886, the Seventh-day Adventist Church published the first edition  of The American Sentinel with the motto, “Corrupted freemen are the worst of slaves.” Edited by Alonzo Trevier Jones, the issue focused on the subject of whether the United States could be made a truly “Christian nation” through an amendment to the U.S.Constitution that had been proposed by the ... Read More »

America’s Quest for Religious Freedom & the Political Scientist Who Made the Dream Come True


In the sweltering summer of 1789, James Madison penned sixteen words in spare prose that became the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Herein the founding fathers of a young government pledged separation of church and state, thus guaranteeing religious freedom for its citizens and establishing a free marketplace for religion in the United States. Utterly unprecedented in Western ... Read More »

UVa Press Putting Papers of 6 Founding Fathers Online


The University of Virginia Press is putting the papers of 6 Founding Fathers on the Internet… Read More »

Was Jefferson for Jesus?­­­ Our Founding Father’s Religious Resume


During our recent 2012 partisan campaign, with its familiar bipolar rhetoric regarding religion, we inevitably heard calls upon Jesus and the Founding Fathers, the latter… Read More »

How R.I.’s Roger Williams Gave Us Thanksgiving As We Know It


Americans are confused about Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims whose Plymouth feast generates the story are remembered as pioneers of freedom of conscience, brave souls who crossed an ocean for the sake of religious liberty. Not quite… Read More »

The Anti-Slavery Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment


Introduction he written words of our Constitution, and their meaning, are what makes America’s freedoms genuine. How the Constitution is interpreted impacts the manner in which our freedoms are defined and implemented from time-to-time. These changes are perhaps more crucial than the outcomes of wars (i.e., our own Civil War), and constitutional change is made possible through the amendment process. ... Read More »

Massachusetts Law Against Quakers


Religion was taken seriously in the seventeenth century in Europe and America because most people still believed that their faith dealt with issues of truth, not simply the opinions of men…. More Read More »

Separation of Church & State Has Always Been There


An earlier column on our blessing of the First Amendment of the Constitution including the separation of church and state Read More »

Freedom and Restraint


In the crucible of emancipation, Lincoln created the rules that now govern soldiers around the world…. Read More »