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He is Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, and Co-Director of the Program in Philosophical Studies of Religion in the Institute for Studies of Religion, at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2016-2017 he will serve as the Visiting Professor of Conservative Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Praise for Latest Book
Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics & the Reasonableness of Faith (CUP)

Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, & The Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

“In Taking Rites Seriously Francis Beckwith clears away many of the misunderstandings of religion that have marred discussions of faith and public life and corrupted the constitutional law of church and state. Of course, there are some academics and activists who are so deeply in the grip of secularist ideology that they have no desire to learn. Most Americans, however, whether they are believers or secularists, would like to be better informed about religion. For them, this book is a gift.” – Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University.

“Sophisticated, learned, and committed, Francis Beckwith argues coolly for a reasoned faith even as he smites the philistines hip and thigh on behalf of human dignity and life.” – Lenn E. Goodman, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Vanderbilt University

“Given the growing pressure on religious freedom, it is important for Christians to understand how the law works, both institutionally and culturally. These connected essays by Frank Beckwith are superb.” – Carl Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor in Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.