About the Author(s)
John Witte, Jr. is Woodruff University Professor, McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. A leading scholar of legal history, human rights, and law and religion, he has published 300 articles and 40 books, in 15 languages, including The Reformation of Rights; Christianity and Human Rights; Religion and Human Rights; No Establishment of Religion; Church, State, and Family; Faith, Freedom, and Family; and The Blessings of Liberty.
Joel A. Nichols is Interim Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas (MN), His work draws upon his degrees and expertise in both law and theology. He has published three books and more than two dozen articles, typically
on the intersection of law and religion.
Richard W. Garnett is Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law, Concurrent Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Program on Church, State, and Society at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches and writes about religious freedom, constitutional and criminal law, and other matters.
"This magisterial revision of Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment is an accessible and authoritative guide through the remarkable but tortuous history of America's unique approach to religious freedom. Clear without over-simplification, comprehensive without pedantry, it portrays a system that enabled the United States to become a society where members of all religions and no religion could not only live together in relative harmony but flourish." -- Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law emerita, Harvard University
"This book by John Witte and Joel Nichols is probably the best combination that exists of historical background, theoretical understanding, and legal doctrines of the religion clauses. It allows scholars, students, and other citizens to grasp the history behind the clauses without undertaking full-scale research on their own. The book is also a superb source to understand modern controversies and how courts are dealing with them." --Kent Greenawalt, University Professor, Columbia Law School
"In evenhanded and clear prose, Witte and Nichols provide a clear and comprehensive history of religious liberty in the United States. Broad in scope, updated with the latest developments, and supplemented with impressive appendices that catalog state constitutional provisions and Supreme Court decisions, this text offers cogent analysis from leading scholars of law and religion. Already a trusted and valuable classroom resource, this book will also enlighten those seeking a deeper understanding of the contours of this important topic."--Amy E. Black, Professor of Political Science, Wheaton College
"The authors provide clear description of complicated case law and public policy for students and citizens. They reveal patterns and principles on a subject often caricatured by wild generalizations and widespread confusion. Academics and experts across a range of fields and professions will appreciate their fine analysis and comprehensive scholarship. The authors refute a weak postmodernist critique of religious freedom and offer a provocative perspective on the history of liberty of conscience."--Reading Religion
"In the inevitably contentious field of church-state constitutional issues in America, it is rare to find a volume that is as accessible, thoughtful, and measured as Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment by John Witte, Jr. and Joel A. Nichols. Their remarkable ability to create order in the midst of the chaos of the ever-changing constitutional law of religious liberty makes this an ideal volume for classroom use, and this new fourth edition updates the church-state story through the US Supreme Court s 2015
decisions."--Journal of Church and State