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Ellis Sandoz, PhD Biography

Hermann Moyse Jr. Distinguished Professor Political Science at Louisiana State University
Pro to the question "Should the Words “under God” Be in the US Pledge of Allegiance?"

“From the Anglo-Norman Anonymous and John Wycliffe to John Wesley, John Adams, and Abraham Lincoln’s evocation of ‘government of the people, by the people, and for the people,’ lines of religious development undergirded a shared sense of the sanctity of the individual human being living in immediacy to God and associated the Christian calling to imitate God in their lives with political duty, capacity for self-government, salus populi [the health of the people], and the ethic of aspiration through love of God. From this fertile ground emerged the institutions of civil society and republicanism perfected in the American Founding.

…To attain these noble ends in what is called a government of laws and not of men, it was daringly thought that perhaps ambition could effectively counteract ambition and, as one more felix culpa [happy fault], therewith supply the defect of better motives. This is most dramatically achieved through the routine operations of the central mechanisms of divided and separated powers and of checks and balances that display the genius of the Constitution and serve as the hallmark of America’s republican experiment itself. All of this would have been quite inconceivable without a Christian anthropology, enriched by classical political theory and the common law tradition, as uniquely embedded in the habits of the American people at the time of the Founding and nurtured thereafter.”

“Republicanism and Religion: Some Contextual Considerations,” Apr. 16, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Hermann Moyse Jr. Distinguished Professor Political Science, Louisiana State University
  • Delivered the John Witherspoon Lecture, 2004
  • Will Herberg Award for Outstanding Faculty Service, 2003
  • Honorary Doctoren Ciencas Politicas, University Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, 2002
  • President of the Philadelphia Society, 2000
  • University Medal and Rector’s Certificate, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic, 1994
  • Fulbright 40th Anniversary Distinguished American Scholar, 1987
  • Appointee to the National Council on the Humanities, 1982-1988
  • Director, Eric Voegelin Institute for American Renaissance Studies
  • PhD, University of Munich, 1965
  • MA, Louisiana State University, 1953
  • BA, Louisiana State University, 1951
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