Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Protestant Denomination Scorecard

We've needed one of these around here for a long time now. Regardless of its level of religiosity, more than being a "Christian Nation," from the Founding era through the 1800s America was a Protestant nation. The evolution of America's principle of religious freedom was in no small part due to the necessity of achieving a social and political equilibrium between the always-expanding plethora of sects.

§ 1871. The real object of the [First] amendment was, not to countenance, much less to advance Mahometanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity; but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects, and to prevent any national ecclesiastical establishment, which should give to an hierarchy the exclusive patronage of the national government.--Justice Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution [1833]

HT: @harunbinimran

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