Faith and the Founders: The Past and Future of Church and State

Andrew Porwancher – University of Oklahoma

In our country’s earliest years, the founders debated the proper role of faith in American civic life.  Which rights should be extended to religious minorities?  What is the appropriate relationship between church and state?  Does the Establishment Clause require their separation, or can religious liberty flourish alongside government support for faith?  In this lecture, Professor Andrew Porwancher will explore how the towering figures of the founding period grappled these questions—and how their answers can help us navigate the challenges of faith and freedom in modern America.