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”
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,
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.
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