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An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty, against the Oppressions of the Present Day

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In this treatise, Isaac Backus, an important voice in the “pulpit of the American Revolution,” discusses the problems of church-state relations, rallying the cry for religious liberty. Noting the unique roles of ecclesiastical and civil government, Backus argues for their separation and the protection of freedom of conscience. Backus argues that the “true liberty of man is, to know, obey, and enjoy his Creator, and to do all the good unto, and enjoy all the happiness with and in his fellow creatures that he is capable of.” This work was originally preached as a sermon in 1773.

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  • Title: An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty, against the Oppressions of the Present Day
  • Author: Isaac Backus
  • Publisher: John Boyle
  • Print Publication Date: 1773
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Freedom of religion › Early works to 1800
  • Resource ID: LLS:NPPLPBRLGSLBRTY
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T04:48:09Z

Isaac Backus (1724-1806), born in Norwich, Conn., was a Baptist leader in colonial America and a defender of religious freedom. He became a Christian in 1741 during the Great Awakening. He became a Baptist in 1751, founded a Baptist congregation at Middleboro, Mass. in 1756 and served as its pastor until his death. Backus was a noted proponent of “separation of church and state” and on this issue voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution at the Massachusetts ratifying convention in 1788. He died in Middleboro on Nov. 20, 1806.

(From Theopedia.com. Freely redistributable under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license.)

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