Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America

Dr. Michael Breidenbach, Associate Professor and Chair of History at Ave Maria University, discusses how early American Catholics justified secularism and overcame suspicions of disloyalty, transforming ideas of religious liberty in the process. The event is moderated by Dr. Chad Pecknold, Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology at The Catholic University of America.

About the Speakers

Dr. Michael Breidenbach is Associate Professor and Chair of History at Ave Maria University. His research interests concern the history of political, legal, and religious thought, especially in early America and the Atlantic World. He has particular interests in religious liberty, church and state, and the relationship between religion and politics.

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Dr. Chad Pecknold received his PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and since 2008 he has been a Professor of Historical & Systematic Theology in the School of Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He teaches in the areas of fundamental theology, Christian anthropology, and political theology.

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Posted on June 16, 2021