My niece, Riley Beckwith, named National Merit Finalist, receives full ride to U. of Dallas, and is Dayton High School valedictorian.

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I'm very proud of my niece, Riley Beckwith, who graduates tomorrow from Dayton High School (Nevada) as its valedictorian. Here's an article about her from this morning's Reno Gazette-Journal: Dayton High School senior Riley Beckwith has been named a National Merit Finalist Scholarship recipient, the most prestigious and highly competitive award given through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.Beckwith, the Dayton High Class of 2013 Valedictorian, has also accepted the … [Read more...]

Imagine No Opposition; It’s Easy If You Try

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins:Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace --John Lennon, “Imagine” (1971)The late John Lennon implied in this famous tune that utopia requires the absence of real human differences and firm convictions, as if the communities, beliefs, and civil societies that arise from a free people are the enemy rat … [Read more...]

I’ve Joined the Faculty of the Envoy Institute’s Catholic Apologetics Academy

I am pleased to announce that yesterday I accepted an invitation to be on the faculty of the Catholic Apologetics Academy of the Envoy Institute. Included among my colleagues are Patrick Madrid (Envoy's president) and philosophers Edward Feser and Peter Kreeft. You can read more about CAA here.I anticipate that my lectures will focus on what I've been doing for most of my career as both a Protestant and a Catholic: discussing philosophical, social, and cultural issues in which once … [Read more...]

Giving the Banquet Keynote Address at the 2013 Napa Institute Conference, August 1-4

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It is truly an honor to announce that I will be giving the banquet keynote address at the 2013 Napa Institute Conference.  According to the website: The Third Annual Napa Institute Conference will take place from Thursday, August 1 – Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, CA.In 2013, conference themes will include the Sanctity of Work, Building a Catholic Culture, and Reason & Faith. Speakers and Prelates in attendance for 2013 include:Archbishops José Gom … [Read more...]

“Baylor University Scholar Francis Beckwith Will Speak at Vatican Educational Conference”

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From Baylor media communications: WACO, Texas (April 22, 2013) -- Francis J. Beckwith, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at Baylor University and Resident Scholar in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, will travel to Rome in mid-June to speak at The Celebration of Evangelium Vitae: Faithful to Life conference, sponsored by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.Beckwith is one of three speakers invited to speak at the event, to be held June … [Read more...]


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