Taking Theology Seriously: The Status of the Religious Beliefs of Judicial Nominees for the Federal Bench

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Francis Joseph Beckwith

Baylor University - Department of Philosophy; Baylor University - Department of Political Science; Baylor University - Institute for Studies of Religion

Date Written: November 4, 2005

Abstract


On November 9, 2005, the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy hosted a symposium entitled The Religious Commitments of Judicial Nominees. The author was the third speaker at the Symposium. His remarks have been revised for publication. In this article, he explores the difficult question of how the theological beliefs of nominees to the federal bench should be treated by the U.S. Senate. He suggests a solution that treats theology with epistemological respect while at the same time allaying some, though he suspects not all, of the fears expressed by some U.S. Senators who are suspicious of the mischief that could be caused by theologically serious judges and justices.

Keywords: religion, law, judicial ethics, abortion, theology

Suggested Citation

Beckwith, Francis, Taking Theology Seriously: The Status of the Religious Beliefs of Judicial Nominees for the Federal Bench (November 4, 2005). Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2006. Pp. 455-471. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3860113

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