The Meaning of 'Religion' in the First Amendment

60 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2012  

Lee J. Strang

University of Toledo College of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2001

Abstract

This Article articulates the original meaning of “religion” in the First Amendment. This Article contends that “religion,” in 1791, meant: belief in a God, with concomitant duties in this life, and a future state of rewards and punishments. Religion did not encompass atheism.

Keywords: religion, First Amendment, Free Exercise Clause, Establishment Clause, original meaning

Suggested Citation

Strang, Lee J., The Meaning of 'Religion' in the First Amendment (January 1, 2001). Duquesne University Law Review, Vol. 40, 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2014023

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