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 […]

Are We Ex-Apes?

This review of Tales of the Ex-Apes: How We Think About Human Evolution by biological anthropologist Jonathan Marks (Univ. of Calif. Press, 2015), can assist students with the discussions about human nature in the current terms of biological anthropology, human exceptionalism, and the cultural determinism of scientific terms and ideas. Says Marks: “My point is precisely that nobody can […]

Nonreligious Americans See Evidence of Creator

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“American Views on Reasons to Believe in a Creator” finds that traditional evidences for belief in a creator resonate with most Americans, including many of the nonreligious. Students can gain clarity on the assumptions among and about the nonreligious from this study.  For example, more than 4 in 10 of the nonreligious believe physics and […]

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