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Sanford Levinson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691152400

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691152400.001.0001

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The Moral Dimension of Constitutional Faith

The Moral Dimension of Constitutional Faith

(p.54) Chapter Two The Moral Dimension of Constitutional Faith
Constitutional Faith

Sanford Levinson

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers the relationship between the Constitution—and the sovereign people ostensibly represented in its terms—and morality. Constitution faith requires the linkage of law and morality even as most twentieth-century jurisprudence has emphasized their analytic separation. All calls for renewed faith in the rule of law and renewal of the constitutional covenant imply that submission to the Constitution will create not only order but also the conditions of a social order worthy of respect. In order to see the logic and desirability of submission to the rule of the Constitution, the assumed linkage between it and morality must be closely examined.

Keywords:   constitutional faith, civil religion, law, morality, U.S. Constitution, rule of law

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