Featured Speakers

J. Budziszewski

J. Budziszewski (Ph.D. Yale, 1981), professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin, has long worked at the intersection of ethical and political philosophy and ethical and political theology. Among his many research interests are virtue ethics, family and sexuality, the dependence of toleration on moral judgment, the relation between faith and reason, and the nature of the human person. However, he is most well known for his work on conscience, natural law, and moral self-deception -- what happens when we tell ourselves that we don't know what we really do. [more]

Robert George

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is also a Professor of Politics and an associated faculty member of the Department of Philosophy at Princeton.

He is a former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, and previously served as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, of which he remains a corresponding member. He was a Judicial [more]


Panelists

Vincent Bacote

Vincent Bacote, Wheaton College, is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (Baker Academic: 2005), and is a regular columnist for Comment (wrf.ca/comment) and has also had articles appear in magazines such as Books and Culture, Christianity Today and re:generation quarterly and journals such as Christian Scholars Review, Urban Mission and the Journal for Christian Theological Research. He lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with his wife Shelley and daughters Laurel and Juliana.

Daryl Charles

J. Daryl Charles, Bryan College, is Director and Senior Fellow of the Bryan Institute for Critical Thought & Practice. He is author, co-author, or co-editor of eleven books, including (with David B. Capes), Thriving in Babylon: Essays in Honor of A.J. Conyers (Wipf & Stock, 2010), Retrieving the Natural Law: A Return to Moral First Things (Eerdmans, 2008), and, most recently, (with David D. Corey), The Just War Tradition Reconsidered (ISI Books, forthcoming). Charles served as the 2007-2008 William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion & Public Life at the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University.

Jesse Couenhoven

Jesse Couenhoven, Villanova University, earned his bachelor's in psychology at Oberlin College and his Ph.D. in ethics from Yale’s religion department. As a professor at Villanova University, he has published articles on Barthian, Augustinian, and feminist theologies of sin and grace, on virtue ethics, and on forgiveness, including the relationship between retributive and restorative justice. He recently finished revising a book manuscript titled Determination, Disease, and Original Sin: An Augustinian Essay on Responsibility.

Jesse Covington

Jesse Covington, Westmont College, is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. He received his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame, his master's in Religion at Westminster Theological Seminary, and his bachelor's in Political Science from Pepperdine University. His research and teaching interests focus on the interrelation of religion and politics in political theory and constitutional law.

Paul DeHart

Paul R. DeHart, Texas State University--San Marcos, holds a doctorate and a master's in government from the University of Texas at Austin as well as bachelor's in political science and philosophy from Houghton College. DeHart is author of Uncovering the Constitution's Moral Design, published by the University of Missouri Press in 2007, and of The Dangerous Life: Natural Justice and the Rightful Subversion of the State, which appeared in the July 2006 edition of the journal Polity. In the Summer of 2008, he was the recipient of an NEH Summer Stipend for work on his current book project, tentatively titled Covenantal Realism. He lives in San Marcos, Texas with his beautiful wife Robyn, an award-winning novelist.

Bryan McGraw

Bryan McGraw, Wheaton College, is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He earned his Ph.D. in political science at Harvard University and has taught at the University of Georgia, Notre Dame University, and Pepperdine University. His first book, Faith in Politics: Religion and Liberal Democracy, was published this past summer by Cambridge University Press. His research interests focus on the intersection between religion and liberal political thought, Christian political thought, just war theory, and other topics too many and varied to be healthy.

David VanDrunen

David VanDrunen, Westminster Seminary California, is an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, an attorney, and the Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought (Eerdmans, 2010).

Micah Watson

Micah Watson, Union University, is Director of the Center for Politics & Religion and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is on leave this year as William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at the James Madison Program at Princeton University.


Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright, University of Texas at Austin, is completing his dissertation in political theory at the University of Texas at Austin. Working within the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition, his work focuses on the value of political association relative to other forms of community. His assessment of John Finnis's influential account of Thomistic political thought has recently appeared in The American Journal of Jurisprudence.