Scalia’s legal views said to buttress Christianity

by David Roach, posted Tuesday, February 16, 2016 (5 hours ago


NASHVILLE (BP) — Those who criticize the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia‘s method of interpreting the Constitution tend to employ a method of interpreting written documents that not only undermines American democracy, but historic Christianity as well.

That’s the conclusion of some conservative literary and Bible scholars in the wake of Scalia’s Feb. 13 death.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believed the Constitution’s meaning is determined by the intent of its original authors.  Portrait of Antonin Scalia, Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme CourtScalia belonged to a school of constitutional interpretation known as originalism or textualism — which held that the Constitution’s meaning is determined by the intention of its authors, as indicated by their use of grammar, syntax and vocabulary. In contrast, his legal opponents, known as progressivists, believe the Constitution is a “living” document whose meaning can be shaped and altered by modern judges.


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David Roach is chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service. BP reports on missions, ministry and witness advanced through the Cooperative Program… [Expand Bio]

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