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Beckwith, Francis

Resident Scholar, Philosophy & Church-State Studies
Baylor University
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Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as associate director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy as well as co-director (with Trent Dougherty) of the Program on Philosophical Studies of Religion in the Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion.  The 2016-17 Visiting Professor in Conservative Thought & Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he was the 2008-09 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics & Culture at the University of Notre Dame as well as a 2002-03 Visiting Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

A graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy), he also holds the Master of Juridical Studies (M.J.S.) degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he won a CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Reproductive Control Seminar. His writes, teaches, and speaks in the areas of ethics, jurisprudence, religion, and politics. His articles have been published in a number of academic journals across a variety of disciplines including Harvard Journal of Law & Public PolicySan Diego Law ReviewSyntheseInternational Philosophical QuarterlyNevada Law JournalPublic Affairs QuarterlyNotre Dame Journal of LawEthics & Public PolicyJournal of Law & Religion; American Journal of JurisprudenceHastings Constitutional Law QuarterlyChapman Law ReviewJournal of Medicine & PhilosophySocial Theory & PracticeJournal of Law, Medicine, & EthicsJournal of the Evangelical Theological SocietySanta Clara Law ReviewChristian BioethicsEthics & Medicine: An International Journal of BioethicsJosephinum Journal of TheologyJournal of Church & StateSacred Tribes JournalUniversity of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public PolicyJournal of Social PhilosophyJournal of Libertarian StudiesJournal of Medical EthicsRatio JurisLogos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and CultureThe Southern Baptist Journal of TheologyThe Heythrop JournalCatholic Social Science Review; and Philosophia Christi.

His latest books include Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2015) A Second Look At First Things: A Case For Conservative Politics – The Hadley Arkes Festschrift (with R. P. George & S. McWilliams) (St. Augustine Press, 2013); Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (Brazos Press, 2009); Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007).