By Daniel Dreisbach
No word in American letters has had a extra profound impact on church-state legislation, coverage, and discourse than Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation among church and state,” and few metaphors have provoked extra passionate debate. brought in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist organization, Jefferson’s “wall” is approved via many americans as a concise description of the U.S. Constitution’s church-state association and conceived as a digital rule of constitutional law.
Despite the large impact of the “wall” metaphor, virtually no scholarship has investigated the textual content of the Danbury letter, the context during which it used to be written, or Jefferson’s knowing of his well-known word. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation among Church and State deals an in-depth exam of the origins, debatable makes use of, and competing interpretations of this strong metaphor in legislation and public policy.