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Constitutional faith [electronic resource] / Sanford Levinson ; with a new afterword by the author.

Author/Creator:
Levinson, Sanford, 1941-
Publication:
Princeton, N.J. ; Woodstock : Princeton University Press, 2011, c1988.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (275 p.)
Edition:
With a New afterword by the author
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Subjects:
Constitutional history -- United States.
Constitutional law -- United States.
Constitutional law -- Religious aspects.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
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.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER ONE. The "Constitution" in American Civil Religion
CHAPTER TWO. The Moral Dimension of Constitutional Faith
CHAPTER THREE. Loyalty Oaths: The Creedal Affirmations of Constitutional Faith
CHAPTER FOUR. Constitutional "Attachment": Identifying the Content of One's Commitment
CHAPTER FIVE. The Law School, The Faith Community, And the Professing of Law
CHAPTER SIX. Conclusion: Adding One's Signature to the Constitution
NOTES
AFTERWORD TO THE 2011 EDITION
INDEX
Notes:
Paperback reissue, with a new afterword, 2011.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
1-283-29092-8
9786613290922
1-4008-3987-4
OCLC:
756484683
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400839872 doi