Research

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
Sponsors

The Georgia Bar Foundation, Harold J. Berman

Directors
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

"Why does a liberal democracy protect the right not just to religious belief, but to religious practice? Once you discern the best case for protecting that right, another question arises: Should a liberal democracy protect the right to moral practice as well? And if we have the right to moral freedom, what implications might that suggest with respect to same-sex marriage?"

–Michael J. Perry