Constitutional Faith and Dynamic Stability: Thoughts on Religion, Constitutions, and Transitions to Democracy
David C. Gray
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Maryland Law Review, Vol. 69, p. 26, 2009
U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-7
This essay, written for the 2009 Constitutional Schmooze, explores the complex role of religion as a source of both stability and instability. Drawing on a broader body of work in transitional justice, this essay argues that religion has an important role to play in the complex web of overlapping associations and oppositions constitutive of a dynamically stable society and further contends that constitutional protections which encourage a diversity of religions provide the best hope of harnessing that potential while limiting the dangers of religion evidenced in numerous cases of mass atrocity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 14
Keywords: Transitional Justice, First Amendment, Religion
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K40, P26
Date posted: January 5, 2010 ; Last revised: March 3, 2010
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