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 U.S. Constitution? In fact, the First Amendment, the only part of the U.S. 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 akin to the phrase 'separation of church and state'. It simply reads, 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...' Yet these sixteen words have been elaborately interpreted by some as having a meaning that has no basis in the Founders' intentions or historical record. Dr. Peter Lillback examines our nation's historic understanding of, and the Founding Fathers' intentions regarding, the relationship of our Constitution to matters of faith, ethics, and morals.
Peter A. Lillback, Ph.D. is the president of The Providence Forum, senior pastor at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and president of Westminster Theological Seminary, where he is also Professor of Historical Theology. Dr. Lillback received his Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and B.A. from Cedarville University in Ohio. He is the author of several titles, including the best-selling George Washington's Sacred Fire.
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