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As with many of the other original constitutions, this one did not consider Article 8, section 2 to be a religious test as noted in the declaration of rights section 4. Today in the minds of a society influenced by socialist thought this would be the epitome of a religious test. It is clear therefore that religious tests in the mind of these framers were about Christian sects or denominations but not general Christian thought or Biblical principles. To put this in another way. They believed the Bible to be the truth but did not believe the state had any business in dictating to the people doctrinal issues that particular  Christian denominations accepted and others rejected.

Article 8 

Section 1. Whereas the ministers of the gospel are, by their professions, dedicated to God and the care of souls, and ought not to be diverted from the great duties of their functions; therefore no minister of the gospel, or priest of any denomination whatever, shall be eligible to a seat in either house of the legislature. 
Section 2. No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of the State. 

Article 11, Declaration of rights.

Section 1 That all power is inherent in the People and all free Governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness: for the advancement of those ends they have at all times an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the Government in such manner as they may think proper.
Section 2 That Government being instituted for the common benefit, the doctrine of non resistance against arbitrary Power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive to the good and happiness of mankind.
Section 3 That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences, that no man can of right be compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship or to maintain any ministry against his consent, that no human authority can in any case whatever control or interfere with the rights of conscience; and that no preference shall ever be given by Law to any religious Establishments or modes of worship.
Section 4 That no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any Office or public trust under this State.

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The Constitution of  Tennessee 1796

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