C. S. Lewis 50th Memorial Conference Week at Baylor: Nov. 18, 22-23

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This is the very first conference sponsored by Baylor's Program in Philosophical Studies of Religion (PPSR), a newly formed academic unit in Baylor's Institute for Studies in Religion. My esteemed colleague, Trent Dougherty, and I serve as PPSR's co-directors.Here's the conference itinerary from its web page: C.S. Lewis may be best known for his literary works, The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Mere Christianity but the Irish-Born philosopher, English professor and … [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...]

Sic ‘em Francis: Baylor Student’s Papal Translation Project

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One of our most gifted students at Baylor University, Emily Edmondson, has created a new blog, "The Papal Translation Project."  Emily, who is bilingual, has taken it upon herself to publish some of Pope Francis' works, including some of his homilies as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Monsignor Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J. Emily translated four of the six she has published so far.  You can find them all here. Emily also helps direct the RCIA class at St. Peter's Catholic Student Center at Baylor Un … [Read more...]

How Wide is the Human Community?: Why Roe v. Wade Was Wrongly Decided

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That is the title of a talk I am giving tomorrow at 7 pm in the Memorial Drawing Room (in the Memorial Residence Hall) on the campus of Baylor University. It is sponsored by Bears for Life. What follows is the poster for the event. … [Read more...]

A Fireside Chat with Alvin Plantinga at Baylor

This took place last April when Alvin Plantinga was visiting Baylor as part of our department's philosophy of religion lecture series. In the video, along with Plantinga, are my colleagues Michael Beaty (department char), C. Stephen Evans, and Trent Dougherty … [Read more...]

That Good Old Baylor Line That Led Me Back to Catholicism

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That's the title of my latest entry over at The Catholic Thing. Here's how it begins: "That good old Baylor line! That good old Baylor line! We'll march forever down the years, As long as stars shall shine. We'll fling our green and gold afar To light the ways of time, And guide us as we onward go; That good old Baylor line!" (Eaid Eastland Markham ,“That Good Old Baylor Line,” 1931)Next week I begin my tenth year as a faculty member at Baylor University. When I arrived in July 200 … [Read more...]

Commitment. Faith. Vision. Baylor University

New video about Baylor's last ten yeas, ending with an introduction to the university's new strategic plan: Pro Futuris … [Read more...]

Alvin Plantinga: “Science and Religion – Where the Conflict Really Lies”

This is a lecture Al Plantinga gave at Biola University about 18 months ago. He gave this lecture while he was working on his recently released book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism (Oxford University Press, 2012). I am happy to report that Plantinga will be speaking at Baylor next Thursday (April 26) at 3:30 pm in the Foyer of Meditation at the Armstrong Browning Library. Reception to follow from 5:00pm-6:00pm in the Cox Reception Room of the Armstrong Browning … [Read more...]

Ash Wednesday at Baylor

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One of the many reasons I love Baylor. Here's an announcement that is on the Baylor website:Ash Wednesday worship service Feb. 20, 2012On February 22nd, there will be an Ash Wednesday service in Miller Chapel at 12:20. For centuries, Christians have observed Ash Wednesday on the first day of the Lenten season, a time of deep introspection, intentional discipline, and preparation as Holy Week approaches. On Ash Wednesday, Christians receive the sign of the cross on their foreheads. The … [Read more...]

Ken Starr: Can I Vote For a Mormon?

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Judge Ken Starr, the President of Baylor University (where I am a tenured faculty member in the philosophy department), published a thoughtful essay in yesterday's Washington Post, "Can I Vote For a Mormon?" It begins this way: Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary looms large on the political horizon. In the midst of lively public debates over taxes, jobs, the national debt and similarly important questions related to the future vitality of our nation, a different kind of question continues to pr … [Read more...]


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