Francis Beckwith

Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies, Affiliate Professor of Political Science, and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy at Baylor University, where he is also a Resident Scholar in Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He is the author of over 100 academic articles, book chapters, and reviews, and over a dozen books including Politics for Christians: Statecraft As Soulcraft (InterVarsity, 2010), Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant (Baylor University Press, 2019), Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice(Cambridge University Press, 2007), and Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2015), winner of the American Academy of Religion’s 2016 Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Constructive-Reflective Studies. A graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D., philosophy) and the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (Master of Juridical Studies), he has served as a 2002-2003 Visiting Research Fellow in Princeton University’s James Madison Program, the 2008-2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow in the de Nicola Center at the University of Notre Dame, and the 2016-2017 Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought & Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


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