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Justice Scalia’s ‘On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer’

Two weeks from today—April 9—is the official release of another collection of Justice Scalia’s writings, titled On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer. As we did for the New York Times bestselling Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived, Christopher J. Scalia (a son of the Justice) and I had the privilege of co-editing this collection. Both volumes are published by Crown Forum, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

As the double meaning of the book’s subtitle suggests, On Faith collects Justice Scalia’s thoughts both about religious belief and about the place of religion in American public life. The collection includes speeches (mostly drawn from Scalia Speaks), excerpts from some of Justice Scalia’s Supreme Court opinions, and reflections on his faith by his friends, colleagues, law clerks, and family.

On Faith also features a beautiful foreword by Justice Thomas (filling the role that Justice Ginsburg so generously played in Scalia Speaks), a moving introduction by Fr. Paul Scalia, and Fr. Scalia’s powerful homily at his father’s funeral Mass.

So please order it now. And while you’re at it, buy several Scalia Speaks as gifts for upcoming celebrations of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and graduations. Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones (and, if you haven’t done so already, as a special treat for yourself).

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