San Diego Law Review

Article Title

Where's the Beef?


Stanley Fish

Document Type

Is Religion Outdated (as a Constitutional Category)?


A key concern of the papers written for this conference is the relationship between religious beliefs and secular beliefs of the kind that carry with them deep ethical obligations. Are these systems of belief essentially the same or are they different in important respects? The question is typically posed abstractly, and I thought it might be useful to have before us an example of religious belief and the demands that attend it. The example is taken from the beginning of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. Christian, Bunyan’s protagonist, has suddenly become aware that his salvation is imperiled, and he is told that he must flee the wrath to come. But he is does not know in what direction to flee, and when he asks, the answers he receives are confusing and unhelpful.

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