Presenter Information

Cedarville University


Cedarville, Staley, Francis Beckwith

Start Date

2-15-2005 10:00 AM

End Date

2-17-2005 11:00 AM


Lecture Theme: Is Statecraft Soulcraft?: Law, Politics, and Faith in a Liberal Democracy


Francis J. Beckwith is associate professor of Church-State Studies, and associate director of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University. A 2002-03 Research Fellow in Princeton University's James Madison Program in American Ideals & Institutions, he currently serves as a member of Princeton's James Madison Society. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy from Fordham University and a Master of Juridical Studies degree from the Washington University School of Law, Sr. Louis. Among his books are To Everyone An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview (InterVarsity, 2004); Law, Darwinism, and Public Education: The Establishment Clause and the Challenge of Intelligent Design (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003); Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy (Wadworth, 2002); The New Mormon Challenge (Zondervan 2002); Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Baker, 1998); and the award-winning Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights (Baker, 1993).

Professor Beckwith has contributed to a number of reference works including Dictionary of Contemporary Religion in the Western World (InterVarsity, 2002) and Encyclopedia of Religion in American Politics (Oryx, 1999) and forthcoming articles in the Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties (Routledge, 2006) and the Encyclopedia of Civil Rights & Liberties (Garland, 2005).

Professor Beckwith has served on the executive committees of both the Society of Christian Philosophers (1999-2002) and the Evangelical Philosophical Society (1998-2003) as well as on the national board of the University Faculty for Life (1999-present). In November 2004 he was elected Vice President of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), an organization that as of 2002 has over 3600 members. He will be Program Chair for the 2006 national meeting of the ETS, which will be held in Washington, D.C. with the theme of "Christians in the Public Square." In July 2005 he will begin a three-year term as a member of the American Philosophical Association's Committee on Philosophy and Law.

Professor Beckwith and his wife, Frankie, make their home in Woodway, Texas, where they attend Dayspring Baptist Church. His Web site is


Feb 15th, 10:00 AM Feb 17th, 11:00 AM

2004-2005 Program Overview

Lecture Theme: Is Statecraft Soulcraft?: Law, Politics, and Faith in a Liberal Democracy


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