RESEARCH AND WRITING ASSIGNMENT “SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE” INSTRUCTIONS The assigned Reading and Study focused on the effective use of high-quality sources to support your analyses. One national public policy debate that often implicates a variety of different sources of differing quality and veracity, and with varying degrees of logical consistency and historical fidelity, is the issue of “separation of church and state.” In this Research and Writing Assignment, you are required to research the historical origins and contemporary understanding of the common phrase “separation of church and state” and write a 3–5-page research paper, citing 5–7 scholarly sources to support your analysis. Note that an exploration of contemporary understandings of church/state relations requires attention to conflicting interpretations of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Historical, legal and academic sources are appropriate sources for this assignment.* Please follow Turabian Author-Date style for this research paper. See Grading Rubric in the Content Folder for details on grading criteria.
This week’s assignment is a research paper related to the origins and meaning of the phrase “separation of church and state” in the United States. A thorough investigation of this topic requires an examination of not only historical documents/information but also academic research on the political debate and court rulings on the interpretation(s) of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause. I recommend outlining your paper in a fashion that enables a logical presentation of discussion. Given this week’s focus on clarity of ideas and words, please take extra care to achieve these ideals in your writing. As always, let me know if you have any questions.