Keeping the Faith: A Cultural History of the U. S. Supreme Court
This ambitious and accessible history of the nation's highest court contains information important for every American to know. Widely published historian John E. Semonche demonstrates that the fabric of American constitutional law promotes in citizens a 'civil religion, ' or a faith in the laws and institutions of government that is unique to this country. Semonche supports his arguments by analyzing the Court's controversies, members, and decisions from its creation to the present. He concludes that, aside from its judicial responsibilities, the Supreme Court plays an equally crucial role in the creation, definition, and maintenance of a culture tolerant of a diverse and pluralistic polity. Everyone interested in the past, present, and future of this essential American institution should read this book
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Semonche (history, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) contends that for Americans law is a civil religion and the Constitution is the legal "bible" whose text has continually been interpreted by ... Read full review
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ESTABLISHING THE PARAMETERS OF PRIESTLY DUTIES 17901821
EXPOUNDING THE HOLY WRIT IN TROUBLED TIMES 18101860
INTERPRETING NEW AND OLD HOLY BOOKS PART I BEGINNING TO WIDEN THE CIVIL RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY 18601917
INTERPRETING NEW AND OLD HOLY BOOKS PART II PROTECTING PROPERTY AND OTHER INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS IN THE CHANGING...
RESPONDING TO NEW CRISES AND EXPLORING THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE CIVIL THEOLOGY 19171941
SEARCHING FOR THE MEANING OF LOYALTY WITHIN THE AMERICAN CIVIL RELIGION 19401959
STRUGGLING TO EQUALIZE JUSTICE AND EXPAND THE CIVIL THEOLOGYS REACH PART I THE MATTER OF RACE 19541997
STRUGGLING TO EQUALIZE JUSTICE AND EXPAND THE CIVIL THEOLOGYS REACH PART II OTHER MATTERS INCLUDING GENDER...