Getting the Framers Wrong: A Response to Professor Geoffrey Stone

15 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2010

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Samuel Wolfe Calhoun

Washington and Lee University - School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Professor Geoffrey Stone’s Essay, The World of the Framers: A Christian Nation?, seeks to state “the truth about . . . what [the Framers] believed, and about what they aspired to when they created this nation.” Doing so will accomplish Professor Stone’s main objective, helping us to understand what “the Constitution allows” on a host of controversial public policy issues. Regretably, Professor Stone’s effort is unsuccessful. Although he clearly tried to be fair in his historical account, the Essay ultimately presents a misleading view of the Framers’ perspective on the proper relationship between religion and the state.

Keywords: Constitution, Public Policy issues, Framers, Religion v. State

JEL Classification: K10, K19, K40

Suggested Citation

Calhoun, Samuel Wolfe, Getting the Framers Wrong: A Response to Professor Geoffrey Stone (2009). UCLA Law Review, Discourse 1, Vol. 57, p. 1, 2009, Washington & Lee Legal Studies Paper No. No. 2010-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1672698

Samuel Wolfe Calhoun (Contact Author)

Washington and Lee University - School of Law ( email )

Lexington, VA 24450
United States

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