Thinking Biblically about Church, State, and Jurisdiction.
The “separation of church and state” has long been a controversial phrase in American law, politics, and culture. Does it mean that the state needs to be protected from the church, or the church from the state? Does it mean that religion is irrelevant to politics or a threat to politics? Does it mean that churches are valued or distrusted by the state (or vice versa)? Is the “separation of church and state” just a good or a bad idea? Join HLS Olin-Searle-Smith Fellow and HLS Lecturer on Law Lael Weinberger as he discusses his research on what the Bible has to say about the two fundamental institutions of church and state and their jurisdiction.