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Valparaiso University Law Review





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Richard Parker is a true force in constitutional thought, and his Populist commitment finds fertile landscape. However, there is something missing from his account of populism—the role of reflection and the fear of God in human affairs. Parker never deals with the fact that “the people” believe in God. Despite the intellectualist drive to separate God from politics, most Americans do not maintain such a wall. Whether under a stultifying separationist doctrine or in a more open pluralism, the people are God-fearing in an increasingly fractured and fascinating way—they are recognizably, fundamentally religious. Parker advocates being in touch with what is ordinary in oneself, but evades the most ordinary core of human energy, religious faith.

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Emily Fowler Hartigan, Ordinary Sacraments, 27 Val. U. L. Rev. 593 (1993).

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