The Christian University

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. It is adapted from my September 23, 2011 talk at the installation of Myron Steeves as Dean of Trinity Law School. Here's how it begins: As is evident by where and how we mark this event – in a church, accompanied by prayer and song – Trinity Law School, and the university of which it is a part, is Christian. “Christian” may seem a mere adjective that modifies “university” or “law school” in the same way that “regional” or “California … [Read more...]

Speaking to the Orange County Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society on September 22

For those who are in the Southern California area, on September 22 I will be speaking to the Orange County Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. My talk is entitled, "How the Federal Courts' Religious Motive Test Violates Religious Liberty." Co-Sponsored with the Orange County Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, it will be held at 12 noon (11:30 am registration) at the Knobbe Conference Center, 2nd Floor at 2040 Main St., Irvine, 92614. You can read more about the event here.The … [Read more...]

Revelation, Sacred Tradition, and the Magisterium

That's the title of my latest column over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: This past Tuesday, September 13, I taught my first RCIA class, offered at St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor University. Although I have been teaching philosophy to college students for twenty-five years, I was a bit nervous. Thankfully, I have a minor role in the class, leading only one session this semester with perhaps another one or two in the Spring. Our RCIA team consists of several seasoned pa … [Read more...]

An historian’s account of Baylor’s 1994 invitation to join the Big XII

The recent tempest over Texas A & M's invitation to join the Southeast Conference, and Baylor University's response to it, has resulted in some heated exchanges online. In following these verbal disputes, I have had the misfortune of reading some of the press op-ed accounts of how and why Baylor was invited to join the Big XII in the mid-1990s after the dissolution of the Southwest Conference. Most of these narratives range from the misleading to the outright false.Fortunately, nearly four … [Read more...]

Secular Gnosticism and “The New York Times”

That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: Just this past week, Bill Keller of the New York Times opined about the religious beliefs of several Republican presidential candidates, suggesting clusters of questions that he would like to ask each of them. Keller’s column has been justly criticized and ridiculed by many writers, including the folks at Get Religion. Not only because of the factual errors that pepper Keller’s epistle, but the crude and uncha … [Read more...]


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