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Title: Constitutional Religion: Presbyterians between the British and American Empires
Authors: Cha, Min Tae
Advisors: Colley, Linda
Contributors: History Department
Keywords: Constitutionalism
Political Theology
Transnational History
Subjects: History
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University
Abstract: This dissertation examines how religious ideas and practices were transformed by, and in turn influenced, constitutionalism. It focuses on Presbyterians in the British Empire and United States over the long nineteenth century (c.1750-1914), in particular. There was not only a struggle between Church and State, but also within the Church itself, both locally and globally—which, in turn, impacted secular politics. Four constitutional questions, in particular, are at the center of this dissertation: written constitutions, disestablishment, democracy, and metropolitan-colonial relations. For each question, debates within Church and within State did not develop along parallel lines, but rather intersected on several planes.“Constitutional Religion: Presbyterians between the British and American Empires” makes three major contributions. First, it studies churches as entities analogous to states and applies insights from constitutional history and studies of modern state formation to religious history. Next, I show the importance of non-canonical figures and texts, especially religious ones, to the history of political and constitutional thought. Finally, by focusing on a transnational ethno-religious diaspora, I bridge the historiographical divide between the British Empire and the United States.
Type of Material: Academic dissertations (Ph.D.)
Language: en
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