Keeping the Faith is an ambitous and accessible history of the nation's highest court. John E. Semonche demonstrates that the fabric of American constitutional law promotes in citizens a 'civil religion,' or a faith in the laws and institutions of government that is unique to this country. Semonche supports his arguments by analyzing the Court's controversies, members, and decisions from its creation to the present.
John E. Semonche is professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of Religion and Constitutional Government in the United States, Charting the Future: The Supreme Court Responds to a Changing Society, 1890-1920, and Ray Stannard Baker: A Quest for Democracy in Modern America, 1870-1918. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Ties That Bind Chapter 2 "In the Beginning Was the Word," 1620-1791 Chapter 3 Establishing the Parameters of Priestly Duties, 1790-1821 Chapter 4 Expounding the Holy Writ in Troubled Times, 1810-1860 Chapter 5 Interpreting New and Old Holy Books: Part I: Beginning to Widen the Civil Religious Community, 1860-1917 Chapter 6 Interpreting New and Old Holy Books: Part II: Protecting Property and Other Individual Rights in the Changing Economy, 1864-1917 Chapter 7 Responding to New Crises and Exploring the Implications of the Civil Theology, 1917-1941 Chapter 8 Searching for the Meaning of Loyalty within the American Civil Religion, 1940-1959 Part 9 Struggling to Equalize Justice and Expand the Civil Theology's Reach Chapter 10 Part I: The Matter of Race, 1954-1997 Chapter 11 Part II: Other Matters Including Gender and Sectarian Religion: 1962-1997 Chapter 12 Making the Scriptures on Individual Rights Nationally Operative, 1960-1997 Chapter 13 The Blessings of Liberty Chapter 14 Notes Chapter 15 Justices of the Supreme Court Chapter 16 Case Index Chapter 17 Subject Index