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America’s founding faiths

The separation of church and state in America grew out of competing visions of divine order and sacred liberty that divided the nation’s founders and its religious communities.

Forrest Church | 11/5/2007 | Winter 2007
Apotheosis of Washington: War  In this scene armored Freedom, sword raised and cape flying, with a helmet and shield reminiscent of those on the Statue of Freedom, tramples Tyranny and Kingly Power; she is assisted by a fierce eagle carrying arrows and a

The Apotheosis of Washington” (detail), by Constantino Brumidi, painted in the U.S. Capitol dome in 1865. (Architect of the Capitol)