Francis J. Beckwith on Several Programs at Samford April 22-23

Posted by Mary L. Wimberley on 2010-04-19

Francis J. Beckwith, professor of philosophy and church-state studies at Baylor University, will participate in several programs at Samford University this week. All events are free and open to the public.

Beckwith, who is Catholic and an evangelical Christian, and Dr. Timothy George, dean of Samford’s Beeson Divinity School, will hold two dialogues on the topic “Can One Be Both Catholic and Evangelical?” on Thursday, April 22.

The two men will share their testimonies at a 10 a.m. program in Reid Chapel. A 3 p.m. presentation in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel will include a theological discussion of issues between Evangelicals and Catholics, as well as commonalities.

Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. in Hodges Chapel, Beckwith will lead a public forum on the topic, “The Sanctity of Life.” Respondents will be David M. Smolin, professor and director of the Center for Biotechnology, Law and Ethics at Samford’s Cumberland School of Law, and Jacquie Stalnaker, executive director, Ignatius Productions.

The forum is sponsored by Beeson and Cumberland’s Christian Legal Society in cooperation with Alabama Policy Institute, Christian Life Commission of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, Lifeline Children’s Services, Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership and the Metropolitan Birmingham Evangelical Ministers Association.

Beckwith, a philosopher who specializes in politics, jurisprudence, religion and applied ethics, is the author of many books, including Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (2007) and Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic (2009). His most recent work is Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft (2010).

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