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  • Backgrounder posted October 26, 2015 by Mark David Hall, Ph.D. Religious Accommodations and the Common Good

    America has a long history of accommodating citizens who find their religious convictions at odds with government regulations and mandates. Starting in the colonial era, legislators, statesmen, and jurists have crafted accommodations to protect people of faith from neutral, generally applicable laws that nevertheless burden the free exercise of religion even in such areas…

  • Lecture posted June 7, 2011 by Mark David Hall, Ph.D. Did America Have a Christian Founding?

    Abstract: Did America have a Christian Founding? This disputed question, far from being only of historical interest, has important implications for how we conceive of the role of religion in the American republic. Mark David Hall begins by considering two popular answers to the query—“Of course not!” and “Absolutely!”—both of which distort the Founders’…

  • First Principles Series Report posted June 1, 2009 by Mark David Hall, Ph.D. Justice, Law, and the Creation of the American Republic: The Forgotten Legacy of James Wilson

    James Wilson was one of six men to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. In the Federal Convention of 1787, he spoke more often than all but one other delegate (Gouverneur Morris), and by all accounts he played a critical role in framing the Constitution. His early defense of the proposed Constitution and his leadership…

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