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"Both contract and covenant are integral to American identity," writes Fr. Richard John Neuhaus in his essay for the 2007 Bradley Symposium.  "We are a nation under law by constitutional contract -- a contract presupposing covenantal accountability."

In the essay, featured in the April 30, 2007, edition of National Review magazine, Neuhaus continues, "To say that we are a nation 'under God' is to speak of promise, but it is, at least as importantly, to speak of a nation under judgment.  Thus is contract tied to covenantal aspiration and covenantal aspiration restrained by contractual agreement."

Titled "Contract and Covenant," Neuhaus's essay is one of three commissioned for the Symposium, which this year will address "Who Are We Today?  American Character and Identity in the 21st Century."

The Bradley Symposium is held during the daytime before the celebratory Bradley Prizes ceremony in Washington, D.C., which is on May 3 this year.  The Symposium is organized by the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., which is substantially supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.

It always features a wide-ranging and substantive discussion, before invited guests, of important political and cultural issues facing the country.  This year, the conversation will be structured by three commissioned essays -- Neuhaus's and two other ones, by John McWhorter and Wilfred McClay.

Neuhaus is editor of First Things magazine, which is also supported by Bradley.  McWhorter is a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, which is supported by Bradley, as well.  McClay holds the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in the Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he is also a history professor.
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