History of the First Amendment

Jerald Finney
© October, 2009

Do you know the history of how America got her First Amendment which gives Americans freedom of religion, press, speech, assembly, and the right to petition their government for a redress of grievances? If not, you can learn that history by listening to the following audio teachings. You can learn what happened in the colonies between the time of the arrival of the Pilgrims, Puritans, and others that led to the ratification of the First Amendment. You will learn what Baptists as opposed to Protestants such as the Pilgrims, Puritans, and Anglicans believed about the issue of separation of church and state. You will learn of the theological warfare that went on in the colonies that led to the First Amendment. Every American, and especially every Christian, should know this history.

This blog is made up of the edited radio broadcasts of Jerald Finney which follow the outline of Section IV of God Betrayed/Separation of Church and State: The Biblical Principles and the American Application (Ordering information on this and other books is on the “Books” page of churchandstatelaw.com)The broadcasts are an edited version of God Betrayed.

To play, just click the link. To download, right click link and then left click “Save link as.”

I. Introduction to “History of the First Amendment” Introduction (20 min. 44. sec).

II. The Light Begins to shine The Light Begins to Shine (22 min. 26 sec. Includes introductory song, remarks, and prayer).

III. The Pilgrims and Puritans in Massachusetts  (62 min.).

IV. The Baptists in Rhode Island (63 min. 14 sec.).

V. The Separates and the Baptists in New England (45 min. 42 sec.).

VI. From New England to the South (14 min. 36 sec.).

VII. To Virginia (70 min. 6 sec.).

VIII. To the new nation (10 min. 43 sec.).

IX. Conclusion of “The History of the First Amendment” (3 min. 17 sec.).


For His Glory,
Jerald Finney
Christian and practicing attorney

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