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Excerpt from The Winning of Religious LibertyPolitical freedom and religious freedom stand or fall together. Both require organization for their development. Can the State and the Church flourish together, each independent of the other, yet inMoreExcerpt from The Winning of Religious LibertyPolitical freedom and religious freedom stand or fall together. Both require organization for their development. Can the State and the Church flourish together, each independent of the other, yet in harmony? The author of this volume regards such a condition of society as the goal of democracy. He seems to have begun his work with a study of the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony- then to have been led by it to examine the historic forces which came to find expression in the common life of that heroic band. His researches have kindled his enthusiasm. They have inspired him to give this history of religious intolerance and progress toward tolerance the fascination of a romance. It is a long road back from the forming of a body politic in the Mayflower to the establishment of a Christian Church by the disciples of Jesus. But the author essays to traverse it so far as to be able to conclude that in the present world crisis, not Pope Benedict, but an American layman. President Wilson, has given ex-expression to the conscience of mankind.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.