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Constitutional Faith and Dynamic Stability: Thoughts on Religion, Constitutions, and Transitions to Democracy
Faculty Scholarship
  • David C. Gray, University of Maryland School of Law
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Keywords
  • transitional justice,
  • First Amendment,
  • religion
Abstract
This essay, written for the 2009 Constitutional Schmooze, explores the complex role of religion as a source of both stability and instability. Drawing on a broader body of work in transitional justice, this essay argues that religion has an important role to play in the complex web of overlapping associations and oppositions constitutive of a dynamically stable society and further contends that constitutional protections which encourage a diversity of religions provide the best hope of harnessing that potential while limiting the dangers of religion evidenced in numerous cases of mass atrocity.
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Citation Information
69 Maryland Law Review 26 (2009).