Friday, September 19, 2008

The Constitution, the Whole Constitution and Nothing but the Constitution

I thought this interview a fascinating conversation on The Diane Rhem Show, mostly because of the parallel I see with the Reformational concept of sola Scriptura. I'm not saying there's a one-to-one correlation here, only that as I listened to Tribe talk about the "invisible Constitution," the similarities were striking. (Tribe is no conservative, by the way. There's quite a bit of empty rhetoric here on abortion.)

We are not, as Christians, people of the book, however, but people of the Word of God, the Word made flesh. Though certainly Christ is made present to us in the hearing of the Scriptures. Please, don't understand my beliefs about the Scriptures as an attempt to belittle them. As a Catholic, I venerate the Scriptures. (Catechism, sections 101ff.).


paul said...

Ah Professor Tribe of the living constitutionalists...he's a very intelligent man. And one who could probably win many courtroom arguments regarding what the shifting meaning of the word "is" is.

Our framers did provide a tool for altering the Constitution as we the people see most proper, and it's not through judicial interpretations but through amendment.

Scott Lyons said...

Yes, that Professor Tribe. I hesitated to draw the analogy, but the interview is interesting regardless.

And I concur with you about the amending of the Constitution, but what I found fascinating (and analogous to sola Scriptura) was the idea of the life of our country, our history, our traditions, being part of our Constitutional thinking - of what we even imagine as being part of our Constitution (muchly due to ignorance).