Presentation Title

The History and Legacy of the Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson Religious Debates

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Major

Economics and Religion

Abstract

The debates between Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry concerning religious liberty had a major impact on what the newly formed United States thought about the public role of religion and its impact on civil virtue. This presentation will analyze these debates and trace the ideas therein historically, focusing on their religious and Enlightenment influences. Second, the relevancy of these debates in regards to current polarizing issues, such as increasing religious pluralism and secularism, will be discussed.

Faculty Mentor

Dyron Daughrity

Funding Source or Research Program

Academic Year Undergraduate Research Initiative, Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Presentation Session

Session C

Location

Plaza Classroom 188

Start Date

21-3-2014 4:15 PM

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The History and Legacy of the Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson Religious Debates

Plaza Classroom 188

The debates between Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry concerning religious liberty had a major impact on what the newly formed United States thought about the public role of religion and its impact on civil virtue. This presentation will analyze these debates and trace the ideas therein historically, focusing on their religious and Enlightenment influences. Second, the relevancy of these debates in regards to current polarizing issues, such as increasing religious pluralism and secularism, will be discussed.