Burt Neuborne

Supreme Commandments: In 2005, Christian groups prayed in Washington, D.C., while the Supreme Court heard two cases on whether Ten Commandments monuments should be displayed on government properties.

How Belief Has Shaped America’s Laws

Legal scholars usually tell us that law, especially constitutional law, shapes religion: nurturing its growth under the Free Exercise clause, while inhibiting its power under the Establishment clause. Sally Gordon, Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, turns the accepted wisdom neatly on its head by demonstrating that it is the extraordinary power of the religious impulse that has shaped — and continues to shape — American law, not the other way around.