George Fox University news — Robert P. George will speak Feb. 6 as a guest of GFUs William Penn Honors Program

Continuing the lecture series during the lead up to the launch of its William Penn Honors program in the fall, George Fox University will host next month a Princeton professor and author whom the New York Times has called “America’s most influential conservative Christian thinker.”

Robert P. George, professor of jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University, will present “Religious Liberty and the Rights of Conscience” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at Bauman Auditorium. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and the public is invited to attend free of charge.Robert P. George

George is the author or editor of numerous books in the fields of constitutional law, ethics and legal and political philosophy. Among his book titles are “Conscience and its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism,” “What is Marriage? Man and Women: A Defense,” and “Embryo: A Defense of Human Life.”

In addition to his position at Princeton, he is chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

During his visit, he will address the fact that issues of religious freedom and the rights of conscience are at the heart of several significant public policy disputes today. He believes that it is not that some Americans profess belief in liberty and conscience and others do not. Rather, it is that Americans are divided about the meaning of freedom and conscience and what it means to respect these principles.

George will explore some competing understandings of religious freedom and the rights of conscience and present an argument on their bearing on contemporary issues.

George’s expertise in the areas of law and politics were praised by Supreme Court Justice and former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan, who called him “one of the nation’s most respected legal theorists.” Prior to his role at Princeton, George was a judicial fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds degrees in law and theology from Harvard University and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University, in addition to many honorary degrees.

Students interested in learning more about the honors program are invited to a reception preceding the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Lindgren Gallery. George will be in attendance, as will William Penn Honors Program Director Joseph Clair.

George Fox is introducing the honors program, which is modeled on the Socratic tutorial style and designed to hone students’ critical thinking skills by exposing them to classical texts and using discussion as the primary mode of instruction, as an alternative liberal arts general education curriculum for undergraduate students.

For more information on the honors program, or to make reservations, call Clair at 503-554-2152. For more information on George’s visit, visit

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