Conservative professor to speak at GFU
Princeton University professor Robert George will give a guest lecture next week at George Fox University in a talk headlined "Civic Values and the Constitution: The Founders' Plan to Protect Liberty and Prevent Tyranny."
In a release promoting the event, GFU cites a New York Times story calling George "the most influential conservative Christian thinker in the United States." At Princeton, George holds the titles of McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals at Institutions.
George has served as chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the release said. He has also served on the President's Council on Bioethics and as the U.S. member of UNESCO's World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology.
George received the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal from President George W. Bush and serves on the Council on Foreign Relations. His political activism includes drafting the Manhattan Declaration – a 2009 manifesto written by Christian leaders that cited abortion and same-sex marriage as a violation of their religious freedom – and co-authoring a book that argues against same-sex marriage.
The book, "What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense," was published in 2012 and argues that marriage should lead to procreation.
In it, the authors also argue that allowing same-sex marriages could lead to the acceptance of short-term unions and polygamy, and that allowing gays to marry would violate religious freedom.
George has authored 16 other books on history and a variety of political topics, including "Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism" (2013) and "Mind, Heart, and Soul: Intellectuals and the Path to Rome" (2018). His education includes two degrees from Harvard University and three from Oxford University.
The lecture is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 14 in Bauman Auditorium. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.