Panel Discussion // Is the Constitution Judeo-Christian?


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

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Is the Constitution Judeo-Christian?

It is commonplace, particularly in discussions about religious liberty, to describe the Constitution as "Judeo-Christian" in its origins—but is this historically accurate? If so, what might it mean for the Constitution as a document meant to endure? Professors Menachem Lorberbaum of the Katz Center and Tel Aviv University, Michael Moreland of Villanova University, and Suzanne Last Stone of the Cardozo School of Law discuss the development and context of the Constitution to explore its relationship to the Jewish and Christian traditions. Michael Gerhardt, National Constitution Center scholar-in-residence, moderates.

This program is presented in partnership with the National Constitution Center.

Menachem Lorberbaum is Professor of Jewish Philosophy at Tel Aviv University and the Ellie and Herbert D. Katz Distinguished Fellow and the Erika A. Strauss Teaching Fellow at the Katz Center this year.

Michael Moreland is Professor of Law at the Widger School of Law, Villanova University.

Suzanne Last Stone is the University Professor of Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization and Director of the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization, at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She is an affiliated scholar at the Katz Center this year. 

Michael J. Gerhardt is the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor in Constitutional Law and the Director of the Program in Law and Government, University of North Carolina School of Law; and Scholar-in-Residence at the National Constitution Center. He is an affiliated scholar at the Katz Cenetr this year. 

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Event Location: 
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Event Date and Time: 
November 21, 2016 12:00pm