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Introduction


The concept "sacred text" is meant to call attention to the fact that through the years there 
have been a few documents that have enduring significance to our understanding of the importance of religious freedom in free human societies.  Additional documents will be added from time to time as resources are located.
Suggestions for additional items are welcome. 

Jeffrey K. Hadden
09/03/01



Some Sacred Texts

    The Code of Hammurabi (circa 1795-1750 BCE)

    Magna Carta (1215)

    Constitution of the Iroquois Nations (circa 1390 AD - 1600 AD)

    95 Theses Martin Luther (1517)

    The Dutch Declaration of Independence (1581)

    The First Charter of Virginia (1606)

    The Second Charter of Virginia (1609)

    The Third Charter of Virginia (1611)

    The Mayflower Compact (1620)

    A Model of Christian Charity John Winthrop (1630)

    The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut (1639)

    The Articles of Confederation of the United Colonies of New England (1643)

    Areopagitica John Milton (1643)

    A Plea for Religious Liberty (1644)

    Maryland Toleration Act (1649)

    Remonstrance of the Inhabitants of the Town of Flushing (1657)

    Habeas Corpus Act English Parliament (1679)

    Penn's Charter of Libertie (1682)

    A Letter Concerning Toleration John Locke (1689)

    The Declaration of Independence 1776

      Related Documents at National Archives [off line]

    The Constitution of Virginia; Bill of Rights (1776)

    The Articles of Confederation (1777)

    A Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments James Madison (1785)

    The Northwest Ordinance (1787)
      Commentary Martin E. Marty (1987)

    Liberty Of All Robert Green Ingersoll (1788)

    The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom Thomas Jefferson (1786)
      Bill for Religious Freedom Thomas Jefferson (Draft 1779)

    Statutes of the United States Concerning Native Americans: Chronological (1789-1887)

    The First Amendment to U.S. Constitution (1791)

    The Rights of Man Thomas Paine (1792)

    Worship And Church Bells: A Letter To Camille Jordan Thomas Paine (1797)

    Wall of Separation: To the Danbury Baptists Thomas Jefferson (1802)

    The Emancipation Proclamation Abraham Lincoln (1862)

    The Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln (1863)

    A History of Freedom in Antiquity Lord Acton (1877)

    A History of Freedom in Christianity Lord Acton (1877)

    The Ethics of Belief William K. Clifford (1877)
      The Will to Believe (a response to The Ethics of Belief William James (1897)

    Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 (1993)
  


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