Constitutional Faith

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$17.76
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$14.09
(Save 41%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $2.97
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 87%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $2.97   
  • New (4) from $12.98   
  • Used (9) from $2.97   

Overview

"I found Constitutional Faith a profound and profoundly unsettling examination of the paradoxes of Constitutional history. I imagine it will be necessary reading from now on to all those readers, and not only scholars, sensitive to the delicate web of beliefs that gives cohesion to our national life and identity."—E. L. Doctorow

"I finally understand why the Constitution is to America what the Holy Scriptures are to Jews and Christians."—Bill Moyers

"[A] lively, intelligent, timely, and highly original study of American constitutionalism as a form of secular religion. [This book] deserves a wide audience."—Richard A. Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals

This book examines the special relationship in the American mind for the US Constitution and what it means for us.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

The Nation
The signal virtue of these fascinating travels through the metaphoric and historical life of the secular worship of the Constitution is the challenge . . . to work out the terms of one's own constitutional faith.
— Michael Meltsner
The Philadelphia Inquirer
[Levinson] brilliantly transposes his concern from the overfamiliar problem of how judges should decide cases and how they can be restrained from becoming tyrants to the question of what it means to adhere to a constitution. . . . [The book] is rich and pleasingly conversational.
— Thomas Morawetz
The New Republic
Sanford Levinson is a man of the left who takes patriotism seriously. In Constitutional Faith, he offers a timely meditation on exactly what, if anything, America can stand for.
— Stephen Macedo
Philadelphia Inquirer
[R]ich and pleasingly controversial.
— Thomas Morawetz
The Nation - Michael Meltsner
The signal virtue of these fascinating travels through the metaphoric and historical life of the secular worship of the Constitution is the challenge . . . to work out the terms of one's own constitutional faith.
Philadelphia Inquirer - Thomas Morawetz
[Levinson] brilliantly transposes his concern from the overfamiliar problem of how judges should decide cases and how they can be restrained from becoming tyrants to the question of what it means to adhere to a constitution. . . . [The book] is rich and pleasingly conversational.
The New Republic - Stephen Macedo
Sanford Levinson is a man of the left who takes patriotism seriously. In Constitutional Faith, he offers a timely meditation on exactly what, if anything, America can stand for.
From the Publisher
Winner of the 1989 Scribes Book Award, American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects

"The signal virtue of these fascinating travels through the metaphoric and historical life of the secular worship of the Constitution is the challenge . . . to work out the terms of one's own constitutional faith."—Michael Meltsner, The Nation

"Sanford Levinson is a man of the left who takes patriotism seriously. In Constitutional Faith, he offers a timely meditation on exactly what, if anything, America can stand for."—Stephen Macedo, The New Republic

"[R]ich and pleasingly controversial."—Thomas Morawetz, Philadelphia Inquirer

"[Levinson] brilliantly transposes his concern from the overfamiliar problem of how judges should decide cases and how they can be restrained from becoming tyrants to the question of what it means to adhere to a constitution. . . . [The book] is rich and pleasingly conversational."—Thomas Morawetz, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691152400
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/11/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 975,638
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Sanford Levinson is professor of law and government at the University of Texas Law School and a frequent visitor at the Harvard and Yale law schools. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His many books include "Our Undemocratic Constitution".

Read More Show Less

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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)