Francis Joseph Beckwith

Baylor University - Department of Philosophy

Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies

One Bear Place #97273

Waco, TX 76798-7273

United States

http://francisbeckwith.com

Baylor University - Department of Political Science

Affiliate Professor of Political Science

Baylor University - Institute for Studies of Religion

Resident Scholar

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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Scholarly Papers (21)

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Moral Relativism: Arguments For and Against

The New Apologetics: Defending the Faith in a Post-Christian Era.. Edited by Matthew Nelson. Park Ridge, IL: Word on Fire, 2022. Pp. 25-30
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 04 Aug 2022
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Moral relativism, natural law, moral absolutism, moral objectivism, Catholicism

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Violinists, Burglars, People-Seeds, Samaritans, and Reluctant Bone Marrow Donors: Why Do We Need Analogies to Pregnancy in Order to Understand It?

Agency, Pregnancy, and, Persons: Essays in Defense of Human Life, edited by Nicholas Colgrove, Bruce Blackshaw, and Daniel Rodger (New York: Routledge, 2022).
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 09 Jun 2022 Last Revised: 24 Aug 2022
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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abortion, Roe v. Wade, Judith Jarvis Thomson, pregnancy, parental obligations, McFall v. Shimp, David Boonin, the violinist analogy

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What’s So Special About Religious Liberty? Law, Philosophy, and Serving God

Liberty & Law Center Research Paper No. 22-07, George Mason University Civil Rights Law Journal (CRLJ), Vol. 33, No. 1, 2022
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 26 May 2022 Last Revised: 13 Mar 2023
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Free Exercise, Establishment Clause, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), sacred objects, kirpan, Leiter, religious liberty, John Locke, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, two sovereigns, constitutional law, American founding, American founders,

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Dignitatis Humanae and the Challenges of the New Modern World

Number of pages: 26 Posted: 09 Jan 2023 Last Revised: 14 Apr 2023
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Dignitatis Humanae, Declaration on Religious Freedom, Vatican II, John Locke, religious liberty, John Rawls, Political Liberalism, Brian Leiter, Ronald Dworkin

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Separated at Baptism: What the Mortara Case Can Teach Us About the Rejection of Natural Justice by Integralists and Progressives

Brigham Young University Law Review, Vol. 47, No. 4, 2022
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 13 Jul 2022
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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natural law, natural justice, Thomas Aquinas, Mortara case, Catholic integralism, Romano Cessario, Mary McAleese, anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, legal positivism, theocracy, progressivism

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Catholicism and the Natural Law: A Response to Four Misunderstandings

Religions 2021, 12(6), 379; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12060379
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 14 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 30 Jul 2021
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Catholicism; Natural Law Theory; Aquinas; Naturalistic Fallacy

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Lemon v. Kurtzman at 50

Law & Liberty (June 1, 2021), available at https://lawliberty.org/forum/lemon-v-kurtzman-at-50
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 01 Jul 2022
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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The Lemon Test, Lemon v. Kurtzman, Establishment Clause, First Amendment

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God, Man, and George Bailey: The Theological Anthropology of 'It’s a Wonderful Life'

Faith and Film, eds. Carson Holloway and Micah Watson (Lexington Books), Forthcoming
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 06 Apr 2023
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Theological anthropology, film, Patrick Deneen, James Stewart, It's a Wonderful Life, angelology, feminist critique

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Up From Political Liberalism (But Not Entirely)

Dissident Philosophers: Against the Political Current of the Academy, eds. Allan Hillman and Tully Borland (New York: Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2022)
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 23 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 14 Sep 2021
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Interracial Marriage and Same-Sex Marriage: Why the Analogy Fails

Public Discourse (May 21, 2010), https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2010/05/1324/
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 21 Jun 2021
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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anti-miscegenation laws, same-sex marriage, common-law marriage, interracial marriage

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Reversion

Evangelization and Culture, issue 18, 2023
Number of pages: 10 Posted: 24 Jan 2024
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Catholicism, conversion, Protestantism, Word on Fire, reversion, Evangelicalism,

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Why Is Sexual Assault Special?: Transactional Sex and Sacred Intuitions

Handbook of Sexual Ethics, ed. David Boonin (New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2022)
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 04 Apr 2022 Last Revised: 26 Sep 2023
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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sexual assault, #MeToo Movement, sexual ethics, Harvey Weinstein

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Now, I’m Liberal, but to a Degree: An Essay on Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.

Cleveland State Law Review, Vol. 67, No. 2, 2018
Number of pages: 33 Posted: 09 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 03 Jul 2022
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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anti-discrimination law, religious liberty, Masterpiece Cakeshop, gay rights

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Secular Bioethics and Its Challenge to the Catholic Citizen

Nova et Vetera, English Edition, Vol. 12, No. 2 (2014): 471-481
Number of pages: 12 Posted: 16 Jun 2021
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Catholicism, biomedical ethics, reproductive rights, Affordable Care Act

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Church, State, and the Abuse Crisis: The Role of Assumed Ideas of 'Reasonableness’ in Religious Liberty.

Journal of Christian Legal Thought 10.1 (Summer 2020): 21-28.
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 14 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 02 Jun 2022
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Catholicism, Abuse Crisis, American Catholicism, Religious Liberty, Church-State Separation

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Cloning and Reproductive Liberty.

Nevada Law Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2002. Pp. 61-87
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 26 Jul 2022
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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cloning, Roe v. Wade, reproductive justice, fetal personhood

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Is Religion Special? More Likely Than Not!

The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophy & Public Policy. Edited by David Boonin. New York: Palgrave/Macmillan, 2019. Pp. 277-289
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 14 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 30 Jul 2021
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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Specialness of Religion, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Hobby Lobby, Birth Control, Religious Exemptions, Conscience

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Taking Theology Seriously: The Status of the Religious Beliefs of Judicial Nominees for the Federal Bench

Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, Vol. 20, No. 1, 2006. Pp. 455-471.
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 15 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 03 Jul 2022
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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religion, law, judicial ethics, abortion, theology

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Gimme That Ol’ Time Separation: A Review Essay

Chapman Law Review, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2005. Pp. 309-327
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 09 Jun 2021 Last Revised: 22 Jul 2022
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy
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religion and law, separation of church and state, Constitutional Law, Philip Hamburger

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Gotta Serve Somebody?: Religious Liberty, Freedom of Conscience, and Religion as Comprehensive Doctrine.

Studies in Christian Ethics 33.2 (2020): 168-178, available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946819896418
Posted: 23 Jun 2021
Francis Joseph Beckwith
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy

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Religious liberty, John Rawls, Ronald Dworkin, Christopher Eisgruber, comprehensive doctrine, divine command, marriage, Masterpiece Cakeshop

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Moral Status and the Architects of Principlism

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Volume 45, Issue 4-5, August 2020, Pages 504–520, available at https://doi.org/10.1093/jmp/jhaa019
Posted: 23 Jun 2021
Francis Joseph Beckwith and Allison Krile Thornton
Baylor University - Department of Philosophy and University of South Alabama

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Biomedical ethics, prenatal life, abortion, moral status, Tom Beauchamp, James Childress