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

"The emergence of the Law and Religion Program has coincided with a resurgence in this country of the debates about the role of religion and the debate in the public square. The program has not taken a single ideological stance, but it has made possible the debate of faith in the public square, the relationship of moral concepts to legal obligations, the role of the church and the state and the state in the church. The program has made possible those debates with incredible historical accuracy and with an understanding of the nuances of the differences among the faith traditions."

–Frank S. Alexander