"The Constitution" in American Civil Religion

  title={"The Constitution" in American Civil Religion},
  author={Sanford Victor Levinson},
  journal={The Supreme Court Review},
  pages={123 - 151}
  • S. Levinson
  • Published 1 January 1979
  • Sociology
  • The Supreme Court Review
In his classic article Constitution and Court as Symbols,' Max Lerner pointed to the role of the United States Constitution in what later analysts would term America's civil religion.2 "Every tribe," said Lerner "clings to something which it believes to possess supernatural powers, as an instrument for controlling unknown forces in a hostile universe.""3 The American tribe is no different. "In fact the very habits of mind begotten by an authoritarian Bible and a religion of submission to a… 
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