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October 21 , 2009

Mormonism and the U.S. Constitution

Articles and a Review from BYU Studies


This compilation of fascinating articles on the U.S. Constitution and Mormonism is selected from over fifty years of LDS scholarship published by BYU Studies. This volume features articles on the history of the Constitution, the unique LDS view of the Constitution as an inspired document, and various issues related to the Constitution, such as philosophical liberalism, terrorism, and individual rights and liberties.

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“The Best Constitution in Existence: The Influence of the British Example on the Framers of Our Fundamental Law” by M. E. Bradford
“The Constitution as Covenant” by Lynn D. Wardle
“Mormonism, Philosophical Liberalism, and the Constitution” by R. Collin Mangrum
“The Doctrine of an Inspired Constitution” by Noel B. Reynolds
“Constitutional Interpretation and the American Tradition of Individual Rights” by Thomas B. McAffee
“Joseph Smith, the Constitution, and Individual Liberties” by J. Keith Melville
“Terrorism and the Constitution” by Christopher L. Blakesley
“J. Reuben Clark Jr.: The Constitution and the Great Fundamentals” by Martin B. Hickman
“What Is the Proper Role of the Latter-day Saint with Respect to the Constitution?” a panel with John T. Bernhard (moderator), Mark W. Cannon, Richard Lyman Bushman, Quinn G. McKay, Richard B. Wirthlin, Garth L. Mangum

By the Hands of Wise Men: Essays on the U.S. Constitution, edited by Ray C. Hillam, reviewed by Donald Q. Cannon

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