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Religious paradigms and the rule of law: thinking in red and blue

Studies in Law, Politics and Society

ISBN: 978-0-76231-323-5, eISBN: 978-1-84950-422-5

Publication date: 26 September 2006


Lawyers and political scientists focus upon explicitly religious components of American political polarization. A robust scholarship illuminates the nation's religious history. Nevertheless, we fail to appreciate the extent to which conflicting policy preferences are rooted in religiously shaped normative frameworks, or the extent to which scholarship in religious history, sociology, social psychology and culture might be synthesized to inform our understanding of contemporary policy disputes. Like the blind men and the elephant, we encounter different parts of the animal. We see a tree, a wall, a snake – but we fail to apprehend the size, shape and power of the whole elephant.


Suess Kennedy, S. (2006), "Religious paradigms and the rule of law: thinking in red and blue", Sarat, A. (Ed.) Studies in Law, Politics and Society (Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Vol. 39), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 57-72.



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