Constitutional Separation of Church and State: The Quest for a Coherent Position

American Political Science Review, Vol. 57, pp. 865-882, 1963

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William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: 1963

Abstract

While not claiming to be dispositive, this article seeks to alleviate some of the confusion surrounding the current stance of the Supreme Court in regards to the separation of church and state. This piece strives to articulate the standard of church-state separation the Supreme Court applies, demonstrate a number of open questions surrounding this standard, and propose certain answers to such questions.

Keywords: Establishment Clause, First Amendment

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W. and Van Alstyne, William W., Constitutional Separation of Church and State: The Quest for a Coherent Position (1963). American Political Science Review, Vol. 57, pp. 865-882, 1963, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1926891

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