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Constitutional Faith

Sanford Levinson


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, the book 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, the book maintains that its sacred role can result in conflict, fragmentation, and even war. This book takes the view that the Constitution’s value lies in the realm ... More

Keywords: constitutional faith, civil religion, American religion, US Constitution, religious faith, constitutional worship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691152400
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691152400.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sanford Levinson, author
University of Texas Law School