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39 DePaul L. Rev. 1133 (1989-1990)


My friend Levinson has been prominent of late among constitutional scholars who use religious metaphors to describe the curious American political experiment. In the image he uses, we lawyers are priests in the practice of a constitutional faith; the federal constitution is our scripture, our creed, and our oath. Levinson, though, is not a television evangelist or street preacher. He is, instead, a theologian. He is unique in the honesty and thoroughness he brings to the discussion-as evidenced here by his looking at the possibility that we priests of the American constitutional faith have another faith to take into account when one of us is summoned to serve the state.

I propose here to quibble, as a Roman Catholic apologist must, over a couple of minor matters, and then to suggest that it makes a difference whether the issue of conflicting faiths is focused on idolatry, or on a hierarchy of moral values, or on a point of view.


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