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Bruce Ledewitz

“Bruce Ledewitz models the kind of inquiry so dearly needed in our time of alienation, disenchantment, and despair. We must ask ultimate questions and discover the hope-inducing answers that are waiting to be found — which Ledewitz does with great skill and persuasiveness in this valuable book.”


In The Universe Is On Our Side, Bruce Ledewitz argues that there has been a breakdown in American public life that no election can fix. Americans struggle to even converse about politics and the usual explanations for our condition have failed to make things better. Ledewitz posits that America’s future requires that we begin a new story by each of us asking a question posed by theologian Bernard Lonergan: Is the universe on our side? When we commit to live honestly and fully by our answer to that question, even if our immediate answer is no, America can begin to heal.

Guided by the naturalism of Alfred North Whitehead’s process philosophy, and the historical faith of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ledewitz argues we can work towards a trust that the universe bends toward justice and our welfare, which can complete our healing and restore faith in American public life.

Bruce Ledewitz is Professor of Law and Adrian Van Kaam C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair in Scholarly Excellence at Duquesne Law School, where he specializes in Law and Religion, Jurisprudence and Pennsylvania and federal Constitutional Law. Ledewitz is the author of numerous articles and shorter pieces, as well as three books: American Religious Democracy, Hallowed Secularism, and Church, State, and the Crisis in American Secularism.

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