Religious Dimensions of American Constitutionalism

Project Description

An exploration of the sources of the Christian and Enlightenment sources of American constitutionalism in the 18th century.

Project Accomplishments
  • April 7-8, 1988, conference with 20 speakers, 250 participants
  • "A Symposium on Religious Dimensions of American Constitutionalism," Emory Law Journal 39 (1990): 1-266

The Georgia Bar Foundation, Harold J. Berman

CSLR Participants
Other Participants
  • Gerard V. Bradley, University of Notre Dame
  • William W. Fisher III, Harvard University
  • Howard O. Hunter, Emory University
  • Donald S. Lutz, University of Houston
  • Vincent Ostrom, Indiana University
  • W. Tarver Rountree, Jr., Emory University

Project Publications

In Their Own Words

"Happiness is both a perennial topic and a currently fashionable one, and the relation between some of the current trends in positive psychology and the traditions in philosophy and theology are as yet unclear, so this is an opportune time to take stock and to focus on the topic. What most intrigues me about the "Pursuit of Happiness" project is the way it brings scientists, humanities scholars, and theologians around the same table. The "dialects" that we use in our respective professional worlds are so diverse that our meetings sometimes feel like Babel, or chaos; and some members are a little troubled by that; but its an adventure. Moreover, the usual turf battles that go on within academic fields are completely irrelevant here, which is quite refreshing."

–Philip L. Reynolds