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Commentary

ACCOMMODATION

ANCE dissenters believed separation of

Government should esteem all religious viewpoints.

church and state would lead to

This, according to a Baptist perspective, is the

limiting religion and government.

intent of the First Amendment: freedom to choose

American Baptist Roger Williams suggested a “wall of separation”

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religion. In early America, religious dissenters were PP

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very vigorous in insisting this view. Accommodation

between the world and the church.

allows for Christians, Jews, Muslims, Mormons and

This wall remains the dominant

others to practice their religion without the fear

representation of a strict

of discipline from the government. By and large,

avoidance perspective.

accommodation is the most Baptist-friendly view.

FOOTNOTE: David Roach, writing for the Southern Baptist Texan, recently published an article titled “3 views of church-state relations explained.” “Towers” intern Chad Mahaney used Roach’s article as a reference in summarizing the above views.

news.sbts.edu  October 2012

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Towers - October 2012