Constitutional Faith

Constitutional Faith

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by Sanford Levinson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691152403

ISBN-13: 9780691152400

Pub. Date: 09/11/2011

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This book examines the "constitutional faith" that has, since 1788, been a central component of American "civil religion." By taking seriously the parallel between wholehearted acceptance of the Constitution and religious faith, Sanford Levinson opens up a host of intriguing questions about what it means to be American. While some view the Constitution as the

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This book examines the "constitutional faith" that has, since 1788, been a central component of American "civil religion." By taking seriously the parallel between wholehearted acceptance of the Constitution and religious faith, Sanford Levinson opens up a host of intriguing questions about what it means to be American. While some view the Constitution as the central component of an American religion that serves to unite the social order, Levinson maintains that its sacred role can result in conflict, fragmentation, and even war. To Levinson, the Constitution's value lies in the realm of the discourse it sustains: a uniquely American form of political rhetoric that allows citizens to grapple with every important public issue imaginable.

In a new afterword, Levinson looks at the deepening of constitutional worship and attributes the current widespread frustrations with the government to the static nature of the Constitution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691152400
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/11/2011
Edition description:
With a New afterword by the author
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
1,165,651
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.81(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 The "Constitution" in American Civil Religion 9

Chapter 2 The Moral Dimension of Constitutional Faith 54

Chapter 3 Loyalty Oaths: The Creedal Affirmations of Constitutional Faith 90

Chapter 4 Constitutional "Attachment": Identifying the Content of One's Commitment 122

Chapter 5 The Law School, the Faith Community, and the Professing of Law 155

Chapeter 6 Conclusion: Adding One's Signature to the Constitution 180

Notes 195

Afterword To The 2011 Edition 245

Index 257

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