History of the Relationship of Church and State

Hudson explains the connection of the events in Europe and its effects on church and state in America, for example he revolution in Europe eventually had its impact on America resulting in a revolution of their own. Although America had established their own government they had a difficult time bread king away from the previous ways Of the English. The government managed to include Christianity in their propaganda, promoting the spread of Christianity in many of their actions.

The establishment of the Federal Constitution was a document that would guide Hudson goes back as far as the Roman Empire to explain the influence of church and state. He explains the doctrine of exclusive salvation, and how he Romans enforced Christianity upon the entire empire. This idea was supported for centuries by powerful leaders such as Queen Elizabeth, Luther, Calvin, and Swing. Although they supported the idea for different reason, Queen Elizabeth thought the idea of pluralism brought about chaos with social and political instability enforcing the Act of Uniformity in 1662. The revolution of 1688 happened when the Catholic king James II was overthrown by the Protestant prince William of Orange. When the news that James had been overthrown in England reached Boston they prepared for their own evolution. These outbreaks caused a change in church and state policy that was huge, leading to the Toleration Act that would endure in to the nineteenth century. 2 In what Hudson calls the Confederation periods, America was on its way to establishing its independence from Great Britain.