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Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America

November 7, 2012

Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Contact Name: Gloria Joy
Contact Phone: 410-837-4631
Contact E-mail: gpjoy@ubalt.edu

Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America

Professor  Michael Meyerson will discuss his new book  Endowed by Our Creator: The Birth of Religious Freedom in America (Yale University Press, 2012) on Wednesday , November 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the  Enoch Pratt Library Central Branch, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral Street, in Baltimore. 

In Endowed by Our Creator, Professor Meyerson shows that the framers of the Constitution understood that the American government should not acknowledge religion in a way that favors any particular creed or denomination.   Nevertheless, the framers believed that religion could instill virtue and help to unify a diverse nation. Through their writings and their decisions, the framers affirmed that respect for religious differences is a fundamental American value. Now it is for us, Meyerson concludes, to determine whether religion will be used to alienate and divide or to inspire and unify our religiously diverse nation.
 
This event is free and open to the public.  Dean Ronald Weich will be introducing Professor Meyerson.