Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Harry Coiner

Scripture References in this Resource

John 1:11; Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Exodus 20: 1-6; Matthew 10:32-33; Matthew 11:25-30; Luke 10:21-23; John 1:14-18; John 3:16-18; John 3:36; Deuteronomy 5:6-10; Deuteronomy 4:15-40; Joshua 24:14·25; Isaiah 40:1-8


The relationship of church and state in the United States is still a live issue today. The tension which exists within this relationship was again brought to public attention through the recent hearings of the cases before the United States Supreme Court regarding Bible reading and prayer in the public schools. A television special on churches and taxation also raised anew an issue which is increasing in tension. In addition, a prime focus of this tension has been centered in the discussion of the church's role over against the Vietnam War.

One particular facet of the debate on the relationship of church and state is the issue of the military chaplaincy. This is a controversial issue with which philosophy-of-government and legal analysts, as well as theologians, have wrestled throughout the history of our country. The task of this thesis is to examine the various positions held or suggested over against the United States military chaplaincy as it becomes a matter of discussion in the issue of the relationship of church and state.

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