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Constitutional Faith$
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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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Conclusion: Adding One’s Signature to the Constitution

Conclusion: Adding One’s Signature to the Constitution

(p.180) Chapter Six Conclusion: Adding One’s Signature to the Constitution
Constitutional Faith

Sanford Levinson

Princeton University Press

This chapter attempts to formulate an answer to the question regarding constitutional faith: To leap or not to leap? It returns to the Second Bank of the United States and the bicentennial exhibit, “Miracle in Philadelphia,” located there. In September 1787, visitors were confronted by two endless scrolls, each with the same two questions directed to the viewer: Will You Sign this Constitution? The exhibit implicitly directs a question at us: How do we stand vis-è-vis the Constitution? The answer is at the same a sign of our willingness to join in affirming a “constitutional faith” whatever the attendant difficulties in giving content to the notion.

Keywords:   constitutional faith, civil religion, U.S. Constitution

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