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- DescriptionThe Most Sacred Freedom includes eight essays that were first presented at the 2014 A.v. Elliott Conference on Great Books and Ideas, the seventh annual conference sponsored by Mercer University's Thomas C. and ramona E. McDonald Center for America's Founding principles. Together, these essays explore the great principle of religious liberty by charting its development in the Western tradition and reconsidering its place at America's founding. The book begins with a comparison between the flood accounts in Genesis and the Mesopotamian Atra-Has?s and advances all the way to the 2014 Supreme Court case Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. The intervening chapters examine the contributions of figures such as Emperor Julian, roger Williams, Cecilius Calvert, John Locke, Jean-Jacques rousseau, and the American Founders. The major themes addressed include the theological and epistemological preconditions of religious liberty, the chief challenges to securing this liberty, the problematic but necessary role of religion in a free society, and the constitutional framework that has been handed down to us to help preserve this most sacred freedom. Contributors to the volume are Steven Grosby, Jeremiah H. russell, Maura Jane Farrelly, Daniel Cullen, John Witte, Jr. , Scott yer, David ramsey, and Michael Novak.
- Author BiographyWill R. Jordan is an associate professor of Political Science at Mercer University, Georgia, USA. He received his BA from Washington & Lee University and his PhD in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. Jordan also serves as codirector of Mercer's McDonald Center for America's Founding Principles. Charlotte C. S. Thomas is a professor of Philosophy at Mercer University, USA director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program, and codirector of the McDonald Center for America's Founding Principles. She received her BA from Mercer University and her PhD in Philosophy from Emory University.
- PublisherMercer University Press
- Date of Publication31/03/2016
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMercer University Press
- Weight567 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byCharlotte C. S. Thomas
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