Lectures on Religion and the Founding of the American Republic: [Chapter 2] The English Revolution, Milton, and the Roots of Religious Liberty in America

Lectures on Religion and the Founding of the American Republic: [Chapter 2] The English Revolution, Milton, and the Roots of Religious Liberty in America

Author John S. Tanner

Those familiar with colonial Massachussetts would assume, correctly, that the phrase had theological roots. It comes from the prophet Isaiah and in 1775 had been in use for more than two hundred years by British and American religious and political leaders (including two kings of England) to express their conviction that the government of any state must form a nurturing bond with religious institutions within its jurisdictions, that the civil authority must, in fact, become the "nursing father" of the church.