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How Christian Evangelicals Untethered the Constitution from its Text

The Evangelical Origins of the Living Constitution by John Compton (Harvard Univ Press, 2014) argues for a revisionist view that nineteenth-century evangelical Protestants, not New Deal reformers, paved the way for the most important constitutional developments of the twentieth century.  Says reviewer David Skeel “A ‘living constitution’ is not tethered to the Founding Fathers’ intent or the literal text of the Constitution; it evolves through time, adjusting to changing circumstances. Here is a Chapman University political scientist insisting that evangelicals didn’t just support the living constitution in earlier generations. They helped to create it!”

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