Dr. Francis Beckwith "Law Without a Lawgiver: The Courts and Natural Rights"
Lecture by Dr. Francis Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, specializing in politics, jurisprudence, religion, and ethics.
Sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI)
Friday, September 17, 2010
The federal courts often treat theological claims as outside the purview of rational discourse. For example, in the famous California pledge of allegiance case---Elk Grove School District v. Newdow—the 9th circuit court of appeals treated the "under God" portion of the pledge as a sub-rational belief. In this lecture, Francis Beckwith will discuss not only the flaws in this reasoning but also why "under God," as an affirmation of the divine source of natural rights, is philosophically defensible even if some citizens remain unconvinced.