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Prof. Francis J. Beckwith

Professor of Philosophy & Church-Studies at Baylor University


Francis J. Beckwith is the 2008-2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the Center for Ethics & Culture at the University of Notre Dame.  His permanent appointment is at Baylor University, where he is Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Fellow and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Studies of Religion.  A graduate of Fordham University (PhD in philosophy) and the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (M.J.S.), his over one dozen books include 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), Law, Darwinism, and Public Education: The Establishment Clause and the Challenge of Intelligent Design (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003), and Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Baker Books, 1998). His articles have appeared in a wide-range of journals including Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, American Journal of Jurisprudence, Journal of Law & Religion, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, Nevada Law Journal, International Philosophical Quarterly, Journal of Medicine & Philosophy, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, San Diego Law Review, Liberty University Law Review, Christian Bioethics, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Journal of Medical Ethics, Philosophia Christi, Catholic Social Science Review, Southern Baptist Journal of Theology, Journal of Church & State, Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Chapman Law Review, Journal of Social Philosophy, Human Life Review, and Social Theory and Practice.

Professional Experience

Ph.D./M.A., philosophy, Fordham University

M.J.S., Washington University School of Law in St. Louis

Publications and Multimedia
Creating a Hostile Environment: A Lesson in Presidential Civility
Civil Rights Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 1998
May 01, 1998