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5.0 out of 5 stars Advocating the law of nature's God, January 24, 2000
This review is from: The Devil is in the Details: Essays on Law, Race, Politics, and Religion (Paperback)
Rarely does one read a book where the author lays out a litany of problems and then goes on to offer reasonable solutions to thwart those problems. In The Devil is in the Detail, brother Ellis Washington does just that. Ellis begins with the problem of the lower case "b" in black when speaking of a designated racial group in legal scholarship. His solution: get it right next time. It takes little or no effort to follow the correct procedure and capatilize "b" (which is the rule). That African-Americans are referred to in the lower case is a slap in the face and another hurdle to leap in the realm of 21st century race relations. Ellis also expounds on more traditional ideas and problems many which are unique to American society. His handling of the issues of evolution, positive law and the separation of church and state were particularly significant in this book. The way he approaches each of these issues evokes the quesition which Glen Tinder eloquently raised: Can we be good without God? Ellis' strong Christian background and faith urges me to realize that the answer to that question is an emphatic NO. These are all ideas that were forced upon the populace and were not a part of the Framers' original intent. They emphasized natural law. Positive law is the death knell of liberty. Ellis warns us that we will be victims of a Leviathan government if we don't rethink the way that we make, interpret and enforce the law. This was a very riveting book and would be an excellent tool in the classroom as a supplement to the standard texts.
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