Thursday, August 13, 2009

Pg. 99: Vincent Phillip Muñoz's "God and the Founders"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: God and the Founders: Madison, Washington, and Jefferson by Vincent Phillip Muñoz.

About the book, from the publisher:
Did the Founding Fathers intend to build a “wall of separation” between church and state? Are public Ten Commandments displays or the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance consistent with the Founders’ understandings of religious freedom? In God and the Founders, Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz answers these questions by providing new, comprehensive interpretations of James Madison, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. By analyzing Madison’s, Washington’s, and Jefferson’s public documents, private writings, and political actions, Muñoz explains the Founders’ competing church-state political philosophies. Muñoz explores how Madison, Washington, and Jefferson agreed and disagreed by showing how their different principles of religious freedom would decide the Supreme Court’s most important First Amendment religion cases. God and the Founders answers the question, “What would the Founders do?” for the most pressing church-state issues of our time, including prayer in public schools, government support of religion, and legal burdens on individual’s religious conscience.
Read an excerpt from God and the Founders, and learn more about the book at the Cambridge University Press website.

Vincent Phillip Muñoz is a political science professor at the University of Notre Dame.

The Page 99 Test: God and the Founders.

--Marshal Zeringue