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Constitutional Faith and Dynamic Stability: Thoughts on Religion, Constitutions, and Transitions to Democracy

Maryland Law Review, Vol. 69, p. 26, 2009

U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-7

14 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2010 Last revised: 3 Mar 2010

David C. Gray

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Transitional Justice, First Amendment, Religion

JEL Classification: K10, K30, K40, P26

Suggested Citation

Gray, David C., Constitutional Faith and Dynamic Stability: Thoughts on Religion, Constitutions, and Transitions to Democracy (2009). Maryland Law Review, Vol. 69, p. 26, 2009; U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010-7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1531674

David C. Gray (Contact Author)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

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Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
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