Some years ago at the law school at Texas Tech University, I delivered a lecture on the question of whether the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID) in public schools would violate the U.S. Constitution’s Establishment Clause. During the question and answer session afterward, a professor from one of the university’s science departments exclaimed: “Your talk consists of cleverly disguised religious arguments.” To which I immediately replied, “I’m relieved. I was afraid you were going to accuse me of making bad arguments.”
Francis J. Beckwith
Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies at Baylor University, is the 2016-2017 Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His latest book, Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge University Press), received the American Academy of Religion's 2016 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in the category of Constructive-Reflective Studies.