— Palm Beach Atlantic University hosts its annual President’s Distinguished Scholar Lecture in October with Francis J. Beckwith, professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University. Dr. Beckwith serves as associate director of the graduate program in Philosophy and co-director of the program on Philosophical Studies of Religion in Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion.
Professor Beckwith’s lecture titled “What Law Courts and Legal Scholars Don’t Know About Religion” is free and open to the public Monday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the University’s DeSantis Family Chapel, 300 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach.
Professor Beckwith has been quoted in a variety of publications including the New York Times, the Dallas Morning-News, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, World Magazine, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Las Vegas Sun, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Los Angeles Times, the Waco Tribune-Herald, the Washington Times, Touchstone Magazine, the National Catholic Register, Commonweal, Moody Magazine, Christian Research Journal, the Baptist Standard and the Salt Lake Tribune.
He has presented academic papers, chaired sessions, and offered commentaries at the conferences of a number of professional societies including the American Philosophical Association, the American Political Science Association, the Society of Christian Philosophers, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the American Bar Association (Science & Technology Section), the Christian Legal Society, and the Evangelical Theological Society Professor Beckwith has been a speaker for numerous Christian ministries (both Protestant and Catholic) throughout his career. He and his wife, Frankie, live in Woodway, Texas. They reside in the Diocese of Austin and attend St. Louis Catholic Church in Waco. Professor Beckwith is active in St. Peter’s Catholic Student Center at Baylor.