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On Faith is an inspiring collection of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia's reflections on his own faith, on the challenges that religious believers face in modern America, and on the religious freedoms protected by the Constitution. Featuring a personal introduction by Justice Scalia's son Father Paul Scalia, this volume will enrich every reader's understand On Faith is an inspiring collection of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia's reflections on his own faith, on the challenges that religious believers face in modern America, and on the religious freedoms protected by the Constitution. Featuring a personal introduction by Justice Scalia's son Father Paul Scalia, this volume will enrich every reader's understanding of the legendary justice. 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. This volume contains Justice Scalia's incisive thoughts on these matters, laced with his characteristic wit. It includes outstanding speeches featured in Scalia Speaks and also draws from his Supreme Court opinions and his articles. In addition to the introduction by Fr. Scalia, other highlights include Fr. Scalia's beautiful homily at his father's funeral Mass and reminiscences from various friends and law clerks whose lives were influenced by Antonin Scalia's faith.


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On Faith is an inspiring collection of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia's reflections on his own faith, on the challenges that religious believers face in modern America, and on the religious freedoms protected by the Constitution. Featuring a personal introduction by Justice Scalia's son Father Paul Scalia, this volume will enrich every reader's understand On Faith is an inspiring collection of the late Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia's reflections on his own faith, on the challenges that religious believers face in modern America, and on the religious freedoms protected by the Constitution. Featuring a personal introduction by Justice Scalia's son Father Paul Scalia, this volume will enrich every reader's understanding of the legendary justice. 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. This volume contains Justice Scalia's incisive thoughts on these matters, laced with his characteristic wit. It includes outstanding speeches featured in Scalia Speaks and also draws from his Supreme Court opinions and his articles. In addition to the introduction by Fr. Scalia, other highlights include Fr. Scalia's beautiful homily at his father's funeral Mass and reminiscences from various friends and law clerks whose lives were influenced by Antonin Scalia's faith.

30 review for On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt Lewis

    This book was quite excellent. A great collection of speeches and writings of the late Justice Scalia on matters of faith, this book has a lot to offer. From reflections on personal faith to Supreme Court opinions and dissents, the berth of content is wide and captivating. The best part of the book, however, are the small reflections on the faith of Justice Scalia written by his friends and family. These reflections are scattered throughout. There are also a couple good prayers in this book, one This book was quite excellent. A great collection of speeches and writings of the late Justice Scalia on matters of faith, this book has a lot to offer. From reflections on personal faith to Supreme Court opinions and dissents, the berth of content is wide and captivating. The best part of the book, however, are the small reflections on the faith of Justice Scalia written by his friends and family. These reflections are scattered throughout. There are also a couple good prayers in this book, one written by St. Thomas More, the other by St. Ignatius of Loyola. This book is reassuring in times like these, especially considering the low number of truly practicing Catholics in public life. A sentiment alluded to in this book (and one that I agree with) is that it is refreshing to see someone, who is the intellectual titan that Antonin Scalia was, still hold so true to his faith. I wouldn't consider this a "must-read" but it was certainly enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Justice Scalia, and especially to the Catholics among those fans.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daddy-O

    If you already own Scalia Speaks and Kevin Ring's Scalia's Court, it seems the only new content you'll find here is a number of brief but lovely essays by friends and acquaintances in praise of the late great Justice. In that case, it would be well-served as not only a gift to originalist conservatives but to fellow people of faith who might not yet have an appreciation for Scalia's wisdom. Even having read most of the speeches and opinions published in this volume, it was a joy to revisit them a If you already own Scalia Speaks and Kevin Ring's Scalia's Court, it seems the only new content you'll find here is a number of brief but lovely essays by friends and acquaintances in praise of the late great Justice. In that case, it would be well-served as not only a gift to originalist conservatives but to fellow people of faith who might not yet have an appreciation for Scalia's wisdom. Even having read most of the speeches and opinions published in this volume, it was a joy to revisit them and I'm glad it gave me an excuse to. Rest in peace, Justice Scalia... and may we be glad that originalism is slowly returning to the court, one confirmation at a time.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This collection of speeches given by Antonin Scalia are a fascinating view into both his judicial opinions and his unyielding faith. Whether you are agnostic or a believer, this is an insightful read. There is no attempt to preach or convert, just a clear delineation between the laws given by God, and the laws created by society. God’s laws prepare one for God’s kingdom, and social laws are created by man, for this world and the best of society. Each has it’s place. And his discussion on capital This collection of speeches given by Antonin Scalia are a fascinating view into both his judicial opinions and his unyielding faith. Whether you are agnostic or a believer, this is an insightful read. There is no attempt to preach or convert, just a clear delineation between the laws given by God, and the laws created by society. God’s laws prepare one for God’s kingdom, and social laws are created by man, for this world and the best of society. Each has it’s place. And his discussion on capitalism vs socialism is spot on. Both offer social benefits and hope, and both have an underlying evil: greed for capitalism and love of power for socialism.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Charles Bellavia

    Yes, this book is about the faith of Justice Scalia. Do not let it stop you from reading the book. This book gives you a view into a brilliant mind and its humor. It is easy to understand how he and Justice Ginsberg were friends even with opposite views.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lee Hudson

    This is a fascinating and helpful collection of speeches and articles by the late Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia. Also includes several remembrances from colleagues and family. As an Evangelical Christian, it was especially helpful and enjoyable to hear from a devout Catholic believer how he works out his faith at home, work and public square. There is a great deal of wisdom and experience to learn from and appreciate. Some highlights ... The third part, "A Nation Under God", should be re This is a fascinating and helpful collection of speeches and articles by the late Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia. Also includes several remembrances from colleagues and family. As an Evangelical Christian, it was especially helpful and enjoyable to hear from a devout Catholic believer how he works out his faith at home, work and public square. There is a great deal of wisdom and experience to learn from and appreciate. Some highlights ... The third part, "A Nation Under God", should be required reading/study for all middle and/or high school students. It's a fascinating look at the foundational importance of a nation built from the perspective of the existence of a creator God, an almighty God, an merciful God, etc. This foundational understanding is that the morality upon which this nation operates is based in the existence of this God and "religion" is the means by which the morality is taught, learned and practiced. There is not a requirement for worship of this God and not even belief in this God. Yet, there should be the understanding that is what is unique about this country and therefore respect extended to that reality. Scalia says it better than I. The first part "Not to the Wise" had insightful observations on the principle the Apostle Paul discusses in 1 Cor 1:18f ... recognizing the importance and reality of mystery in life. Including the foolishness of only focusing on what we can physically see with our eyes and comprehend with our brains. Only reason I don't give the book 5 stars is that it can get technical in the legal weeds at times. But that is not the predominant mood or feel of the book. Scalia has a sense of humor and humility regarding his own faults and failures.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Will Standridge

    This is one of the most surprising reads I've had in years. Scalia's "On Faith" is a collection of essays, speeches, letters, and dissents revolving around faith publicly and also his personal Catholic Faith. The book unveils Antonin Scalia as an insightful exegete, public theologian, and a model of integrating Christ into all of life. This book brought tears to my eyes and made me belly life as Scalia exercised his legendary wit. This is a fun book for anyone who enjoys theology, history, or th This is one of the most surprising reads I've had in years. Scalia's "On Faith" is a collection of essays, speeches, letters, and dissents revolving around faith publicly and also his personal Catholic Faith. The book unveils Antonin Scalia as an insightful exegete, public theologian, and a model of integrating Christ into all of life. This book brought tears to my eyes and made me belly life as Scalia exercised his legendary wit. This is a fun book for anyone who enjoys theology, history, or the law. I pray God raises up more "American Believers" like Justice Scalia-we would be far better off.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This should have been called On Catholicism.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Brooks

    I didn't really know much about Antonin Scalia, except that he was a Supreme Court Justice. But, man, what an incredible person! I really enjoyed reading this collection of his speeches, articles, and opinions on faith. True, some of the legal stuff was a little over my head, but overall, so interesting. We need more people like him. I didn't really know much about Antonin Scalia, except that he was a Supreme Court Justice. But, man, what an incredible person! I really enjoyed reading this collection of his speeches, articles, and opinions on faith. True, some of the legal stuff was a little over my head, but overall, so interesting. We need more people like him.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou

    In this day and age when memes are considered a reasonable argument, and people get their news from late-night hosts and consider themselves informed, this book reminds us what true intelligence looks like. I had the same thought when reading "On Faith" that I had when I read Charles Krauthammer's "Things That Matter," namely that the authors were incredibly thoughtful, intelligent men, and the world is a better place for the gifts they shared with us. Both of these men had amazing minds and wit In this day and age when memes are considered a reasonable argument, and people get their news from late-night hosts and consider themselves informed, this book reminds us what true intelligence looks like. I had the same thought when reading "On Faith" that I had when I read Charles Krauthammer's "Things That Matter," namely that the authors were incredibly thoughtful, intelligent men, and the world is a better place for the gifts they shared with us. Both of these men had amazing minds and with each book I wanted to read passages aloud to someone - anyone! - and discuss their profundity. The speeches, letters, and SCOTUS opinions collected in "On Faith" focused on Scalia's personal faith, as well as issues of faith that sometimes divide our country. Whether one agrees with him or not, Scalia offers plenty of food for thought. Each of these chapters could fuel an evening of book club discussions. Despite the serious nature of the topic, Scalia's natural warmth and humor radiate from the pages. Somehow he manages to be awe-inspiring in his scholarship, yet still comes across as humble and unpretentious. I have no doubt that he would be the ideal dinner guest. Somewhere in Heaven, Scalia and Krauthammer are hanging out together. When I get there, I want a seat at that table.

  10. 4 out of 5

    David Tai

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. While there are some theological difference that I disagree with the book, I enjoyed reading about Justice Scalia's application of his faith into his living and the law. My favorite read in this definitely the testimonies given by his friends and family. Some of my favorite quotes -Faith is a gift. Justice Scalia viewed his faith as a gift. The expression he bore at Mass conveyed a sense of gratitude and responsibility. His faith was not a burden. It was not a credit. It was not an artifact. It w While there are some theological difference that I disagree with the book, I enjoyed reading about Justice Scalia's application of his faith into his living and the law. My favorite read in this definitely the testimonies given by his friends and family. Some of my favorite quotes -Faith is a gift. Justice Scalia viewed his faith as a gift. The expression he bore at Mass conveyed a sense of gratitude and responsibility. His faith was not a burden. It was not a credit. It was not an artifact. It was a gift, a blessing to be accepted, to be nurtured, to be treasured, to be shared. -Let me conclude as I began, with a disclaimer: the burden of my remarks is not that a government of the Right is more Christ-like, only that there is no reason to believe that a government of the Left is. To tell you the truth, I do not think Christ cares very much what sort of economic or political system we live under. He certainly displayed little interest in that subject during His time among us- as did His apostle....The minimum wage, for example- which is a current political issue in Washington- is a good or bad idea depending upon whether it produces good or bad economic consequences. It has nothing to do with the Kingdom of God.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Richard Bicknase

    I would give this 3.5 stars if that were an option. My rating is mostly due to my own expectations about what I hoped the book would be and less about the actual content. It was interesting, but I guess I was hoping for something heavier. I should have known from the length and size of the book that this was meant to be more accessible for a broad audience than what I had hoped. I also thought the book was overly repetitious. The summary blurbs before each item were too thorough for my taste. I w I would give this 3.5 stars if that were an option. My rating is mostly due to my own expectations about what I hoped the book would be and less about the actual content. It was interesting, but I guess I was hoping for something heavier. I should have known from the length and size of the book that this was meant to be more accessible for a broad audience than what I had hoped. I also thought the book was overly repetitious. The summary blurbs before each item were too thorough for my taste. I would have preferred them to be less of a summary of the entire selection and more of a brief blurb granting only essential context for why the selection was originally composed. Since so many of the selections were already short, it created what felt like a lot of redundancy. They also placed a number of selections with largely overlapping content next to each other. I understand this was to strengthen the impact of certain themes that were referenced repeatedly, but it was a bit tiresome at times.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This collection of speeches of Justice Scalia and recollections of his children and others moved my heart, my spirit. He was larger than life as a Supreme Court justice, a brilliant man, and a humble man, a husband and father, of faith. His son, Rev. Paul Scalia, gave the homily at his father's funeral service, and it is printed at the end of the book. I read along as I listened to it on YouTube. I checked this book out from our library system, but fully intend to buy it so I can re-read it, und This collection of speeches of Justice Scalia and recollections of his children and others moved my heart, my spirit. He was larger than life as a Supreme Court justice, a brilliant man, and a humble man, a husband and father, of faith. His son, Rev. Paul Scalia, gave the homily at his father's funeral service, and it is printed at the end of the book. I read along as I listened to it on YouTube. I checked this book out from our library system, but fully intend to buy it so I can re-read it, underline it, ponder the lessons of faith lived by Antonin Scalia.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Sager

    Reading the speeches, essays, and decisions of Antonin Scalia gave me new insight into how a man of faith views our founding documents and their impact on legislation and the judiciary. Through his eyes, we can see many of the fallacies and traps our current public servants are falling into. A compelling read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Janet Jenkins

    The authors of other 5 star reviews have done a far better job of explaining why they rated this book in such a manner. It was a book that appeared at the right time, with the troubles our nation is facing, the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett. God Bless the United States of America🇺🇸

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Really enjoyed this book! It was interesting to read the tributes to Justice Scalia from those who knew him, to read from these people how he touched their lives. Mixed in with various speeches he made. Great read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hj

    Great insight into the inner workings of catholic belief. I really enjoyed the inside peek into Justice Scalia's personality. The writing is ...flat in a way but it gives a picture that wasn't there before, so it gets the job done. Great insight into the inner workings of catholic belief. I really enjoyed the inside peek into Justice Scalia's personality. The writing is ...flat in a way but it gives a picture that wasn't there before, so it gets the job done.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Seth Mcdevitt

    This was an excellent collection of speeches, not quite as good as ‘Scalia Speaks,’ but still lots of fruitful reading for a pastor. The personal recollections about his faith were the best part. They made the collection come alive. They made the speeches more solid.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sal

    An inspiring collection of writings from a giant in the legal world. Justice Scalia was a powerful and thoughtful man who not only became the voice of Original Intent, but the major spokesman for keeping our country a God centered nation, in whatever form you may choose to worship.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Pokorny

    Excellent collection of reflections by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Speeches, essays and selected works on law, faith, religion, morals, character and life. A wellspring of quotes and inspiration.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Parker

    This was an interesting read on the faith of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. His Roman Catholic faith is documented well in his speeches and stories from his life. As a non-Roman Catholic theological student, I found this to be a useful read in my theological studies.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mike Glaser

    Very good book on Justice Scalia’s beliefs as a practicing Catholic Christian. Good reading for anyone but especially those wanting to get a better grip on their Catholic faith.

  22. 5 out of 5

    George Brzezinski

    Great book!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Count Boxer

    This was a good read with a nice selection of his speeches and decisions.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chuck

    Important insight into how Faith made this man what he was

  25. 4 out of 5

    Matt Scherbarth

    Inspiring and reinforcing A beautiful and honest celebration of a life well lived. Excellent blend of writings by an about the late Justice

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Bailey

    I love the works of Scalia, but the speeches here get very repetitive. There are some speeches that are great and his thoughts concerning God and the law are solid.

  27. 4 out of 5

    MrsRead1

    I am recommending this book to others.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katie McClain

    Enjoyable read for a government or history nerd.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Val Crofts

    Loved every part of this book! Thank you for it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    DNF Audiobook Despite my great interest in learning more about Antonin Scalia, my one star rating is because this format (reading his speeches, is very dry. I’d love to find a more engaging format.

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