The Constitution Study
Paul Engel founded the Constitution Study after realizing how little most Americans know about the supreme law of the land and how that lack of knowledge has impacted our rights and freedoms. After reading a report that found 36% of American could not name a single freedom protect by the First Amendment, Paul started a small Constitution Study in his hometown in Upstate NY. After the success of the study, he decided to expand the audience, starting The Constitution Study with the goal of providing resources everyday Americans can use to learn about the Constitution and help start studies of their own.
Paul spent 30 years working in the IT industry and more than 20 as a Sunday School teacher and part-time preacher. He uses the skills he developed in IT and studying and teach about the Bible to help explain not the Constitution and its history, but do so in a way anyone from 8 to 80 can understand. One person describe Paul's teaching style as “He teaches even the most complex ideas in a way my grandmother can understand.” More than just reiterating what others have said, another reader describes Paul's work this way. “For me, The Constitution Study has opened my eyes to the many ‘untaught' areas of the US Constitution.”
Paul currently has essays on the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the 16th & 17th Amendments available on Amazon.com. He is finishing the book The Constitution Study and developing an online study for everyone to enjoy. All this while writing web articles, podcasting and answering questions at http://constitutionstudy.com
Paul now lives on a farm in the Nashville, TN area with his wife of over 30 years and a variety of animals. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshops from Paul Engel ( may vary by event location )
Three Myths About the Constitution
Studies show that approximately 40% of Americans cannot name a single freedom protect by the First Amendment. Worse, a quick look around shows that most American's not only know little about the Constitution, but a lot of what they do "know" to be true is actually false. How can we be a land of the free if nobody knows what our freedoms are? How can we claim to be a land of laws when so few know what the supreme law of the land is? How can you know if your government is doing a good job if you don't know what what job its supposed to be doing? Join me and we'll look at some of the background behind our ignorance of the Constitution and we'll look at three things you probably know to be true that aren't. Not only will your eyes be opened, but we'll have some fun doing it.
What are Rights?
I hear a lot of people use term "Rights" today, but I don't hear anyone describe what a right is. When I look at how the word is used, to quote Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride, I think "You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means." Join me and we'll not only find a definition for what a right it, we'll break down the different types of rights and how they should be used in society.