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Book Review: The Moral Tradition of American Constitutionalism: A Theological Interpretation

Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 11 (1994-1995)

15 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2014  

James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law

Date Written: 1995

Abstract

Just as the Gospel reminds Christians that “the last shall be first,” the observation that “less is more” surely does not damn H. Jefferson Powell's constitutional scholarship with faint praise. In “The Moral Tradition of American Constitutionalism: A Theological Interpretation,” Powell launches an unapologetically Christian attack on America's long-standing civic faith in constitutional law. Powell's core message -- that there is no such thing as a Christian approach to constitutionalism -- heralds a radical and powerful new model for understanding the relationship between personal Christianity and public law.

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Chen, James Ming, Book Review: The Moral Tradition of American Constitutionalism: A Theological Interpretation (1995). Constitutional Commentary, Vol. 11 (1994-1995). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2408700

James Ming Chen (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )

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East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States

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