Christian Nationalism and the Rule of Law

18 Pages Posted: 18 Mar 2022

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Robert K. Vischer

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN - School of Law

Date Written: 2022

Abstract

Current threats to the rule of law in the United States emerge, at least in part, from a nationalism shaped by a distinctly American vision of Christianity. Defenders of the rule of law must therefore respond in terms that confront the religious dimension of the threat directly. Religiously affiliated law schools should be key contributors to this conversation, modeling a faith-shaped discourse that avoids invoking Christianity as a conversation-stopper, as a signal of self-righteousness, or as a means to stir up hatred of “the other.” How might the public witness of our faith support, rather than impede, the rule of law?

JEL Classification: rule of law, Christianity, Christian nationalism, law schools

Suggested Citation

Vischer, Robert K., Christian Nationalism and the Rule of Law (2022). U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 22-18, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4060431 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4060431

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