Kissing Cousins: Biblical Inerrancy + Constitutional Originalism

Constitutional Originalism is the idea that one should read the Constitution, not interpret it. It endeavors to implement the “original” intent of the Founders. The goal is to limit renovation and innovation in order to stick with the “fundamentals” of the United States. Sound familiar? It should. The origins of this strategy are found in biblical inerrancy–the idea that the Bible should be read, not interpreted. That it is the errorless Word of God. That it is 100% accurate in terms of history, archaeology, and everything else.

What if I told you that both of these movements have their foundation in White Supremacy and the Lost Cause?

Austin Steelman, PhD candidate at Stanford University, unpacks the story.

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