Steven D. Smith

Steven D. Smith is one of the nation's foremost scholars in the area of law and religion. Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, Smith holds degrees from Brigham Young and Yale Universities. Before joining the USD law faculty in 2002, he was a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Colorado. He is the author of numerous books and articles on law, religion, and constitutional law. His articles have been published in the Michigan Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Virginia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Texas Law Review.


Volume 103

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Guests on Volume 103: Steven D. Smith, on how the law only makes sense in the context of certain metaphysical beliefs, and on why we aren't allowed to talk about such things in public; David Thomson, on the American Dream, acting, loneliness, the moral complicity of movie audiences, and the genius of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho; Adam McHugh, on how American culture distrusts introverts and on why their place in the Church needs to be valued; Glenn C. Arbery, on the Vanderbilt Agrarians, poetry, and the moral imagination and the shaping of virtue; Eric Miller, on Christopher Lasch's intense commitment to understand the logic of American cultural confusion; and Eric Metaxas, on how Dietrich Bonhoeffer's early experiences prepared him for his heroic defiance of the Third Reich.