This week, The Heritage Foundation hosted events that delved into the faith lives of two fascinating Americans: President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
On Monday, June 17, Heritage hosted Alan Sears and Craig Osten, coauthors of “The Soul of an American President: The Untold Story of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Faith.”
While there have been many biographies of Dwight D. Eisenhower that focus on his military career or the time of his presidency, none explores the important role faith played both in his personal life and in his public policy. This, despite the fact that he is the only U.S. president to be baptized as a Christian while in office. “The Soul of an American President” portrays Eisenhower as a man whose faith was based in his own sincere personal conviction, not simply a sense of political expediency or social obligation.
This week on Heritage’s “SCOTUS 101” podcast, host Elizabeth Slattery, who works at Heritage’s Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, spoke with Christopher Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Ed Whelan, president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, about their book, “On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer.”
Antonin Scalia reflected deeply on matters of religion and shared his insights with many audiences over the course of his remarkable career. As a Supreme Court justice for three decades, he vigorously defended the American constitutional tradition of allowing religion a prominent place in the public square. As a man of faith, he recognized the special challenges of living a distinctively religious life in modern America, and he inspired other believers to meet those challenges. “On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer” gathers the wisdom and practical advice of Justice Scalia for living a life of faith in America.
As we focus on the faith of great Americans like President Eisenhower and Justice Scalia, which contemporary public servants do you feel are living out their faith?