Mark Caleb Smith, Jewerl Maxwell, Marc Clauson, Kevin Sims, David Rich, and Andrew Travis

Rendering to God and Caesar
Critical Readings for American Government


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"To understand American government is, at minimum, to recognize religion's profound influence on our culture and, by extension, our politics." So state the editors of this outstanding collection of 55 readings that survey the function and purpose of American government from its founding to the present. Rendering to God and Caesar is mostly comprised of primary sources, including founding documents, Supreme Court cases, and momentous speeches. Grouped into six unifying sections with introductions that tie the individual works together and point to their significance, each article is introduced as well by brief comments to highlight specific features or issues.

Designed to whet the reader's appetite for exploring the rich American governmental heritage-from The Mayflower Compact and excerpts from the writing of de Tocqueville and Rothbard to commentary about civil liberties and Barack Obama's speech about his own understanding of how religion should influence politics-the collection is sure to generate controversy and lead to lively classroom discussion.

Table of Contents:


I America's Founding Ideals
  1. The Mayflower Compact
  2. "Little Speech on Liberty" - John Winthrop
  3. Second Treatise on Government - John Locke
  4. "On Civil Liberty, Passive Obedience, and Non-Resistance" - Jonathan Boucher
  5. The Declaration of Independence
  6. The Northwest Ordinance
  7. The Constitution of the United States of America
  8. The Federalist No. 10 - James Madison ("Publius")
  9. The Federalist No. 51 - James Madison ("Publius")
  10. Anti-Federalist Papers No. 2 - Brutus
  11. Anti-Federalist Papers No. 3 - Cato
  12. Anti-Federalist Papers No. 9 - Montezuma
  13. Farewell Address - George Washington
II The Federal System
  1. The Federalist No. 57 - James Madison ("Publius")
  2. The Federalist No. 63 - James Madison ("Publius")
  3. McCulloch v. Maryland
  4. "Speech to the Electors of Bristol" - Edmund Burke
  5. The Federalist No. 70 - Alexander Hamilton ("Publius")
  6. Korematsu v. United States
  7. The Federalist No. 78 - Alexander Hamilton ("Publius")
  8. Marbury v. Madison
III American Political Culture and Ideology
  1. Democracy in America - Alexis de Tocqueville
  2. Bowling Alone - Robert Putnam
  3. The New Freedom - Woodrow Wilson
  4. State of the Union Message to Congress - Franklin D. Roosevelt
  5. "Speech on the Great Society - Lyndon B. Johnson
  6. Second Inaugural Address - Ronald Reagan
  7. "Ten Conservative Principles" - Russell Kirk
  8. For a New Liberty - Murray N. Rothbard
  9. The Closing of the American Mind - Allan Bloom
  10. The Courage to Be Protestant - David Wells
IV Religion and the State
  1. "The Gospel of Wealth - Andrew Carnegie
  2. "The Social Principles of Jesus - Walter Rauschenbusch
  3. "Speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association" - John F. Kennedy
  4. "Speech at Call to Renewal" - Barack Obama
  5. The Myth of a Christian Nation - Greg Boyd
  6. Politics-According to the Bible - Wayne Grudem
  7. "The Uneasy Conscience 45 Years Later" - Carl F.H. Henry
V Civil Rights
  1. "The Perpetuation of Our Political Institutions" - Abraham Lincoln
  2. Dred Scott v. Sandford
  3. "Speech on the Dred Scott Decision" - Abraham Lincoln
  4. The Gettysburg Address - Abraham Lincoln
  5. Plessy v. Ferguson
  6. Brown v. Board of Education
  7. "Letter from Birmingham Jail" - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  8. Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States
  9. Grutter v. Bollinger.
VI Civil Liberties
  1. "Speech to the Federalist Society Lawyers Division" - Edwin Meese, III
  2. "Speech to the Text and Teaching Symposium" - William J. Brennan, Jr.
  3. Kelo v. New London
  4. "Letter to the Danbury Baptists" - Thomas Jefferson
  5. Lee v. Weisman
  6. On Liberty - John Stuart Mill
  7. Texas v. Johnson
  8. Roe v. Wade

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