- Series: Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 22, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195132483
- ISBN-13: 978-0195132489
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,787,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom
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"Foreordained Failure thoroughly treats the constitutional issue of the basic principles underlying the right of freedom of religion; it is politically significant at this time because of the growing power of the religious right in our society....It is a provocative essay, and its points deserve wide discussion. It is clearly written and very well documented."--Choice
"Steven Smith's Foreordained Failure is perhaps the most important book ever written on the religion clauses of the Constitution. If Smith is correct, the widely acknowledged failure of religion clause jurisprudence can be seen as the inevitable consequence of a fundamental misunderstanding of the clauses' scope and purposes. No court or academic commentator dealing with the clauses can ignore Smith's arguments."--Larry A. Alexander, University of San Diego School of Law
"Steven Smith is one of the most imaginative new voices in contemporary legal studies."--Michael J. Perry, Northwestern University School of Law
"An excellent work, replete with original and important insights. What makes Foreordained Failure so powerful and important is that it runs dead against the grain of conventional liberal thought about the institution of judicial review generlly and the correct interpretations of the religion clauses particularly."--Ira C. Lupu, The George Washington University
"Smith's approach is refreshing because he is concerned with asking the right questions and not with advancing his answers."--The Appellate Practice Journal
About the Author
Steven D. Smith is Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. He has taught and published extensively on legal subjects, including constitutional law and jurisprudence.
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