The necessary limits of religious influence on public policy Public Deposited

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  • In this thesis, I argue that Christian fundamentalism is a threat to the traditions of religious liberty and the separation of church and state in US liberal democracy. I support this claim by exploring the writings of men who were instrumental in the foundation of the US, concluding that they stressed several concepts, including support for religious liberty and the separation of church and state. Thereafter, I explore how the blueprint laid out by the founders has been followed by looking at the debate around church/state separation in terms of modern day arguments. I then discuss the position of Christian fundamentalism, what it is reacting to and what it is proposing. Lastly, I discuss the ramifications of the Christian fundamentalist agenda and propose a course of action that preserves religious liberty and church/state separation and alleviates anxiety about religious trivialization.
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