ORU Spring Christian Worldview Lectures – March 25–26, 2010

Right Reason about Human Sexuality
Making Sense of the Creational Design
featuring J. Budziszewski,* Ph.D.

Right Reason – The gift of revelation doesn't mean we can turn off our minds. God also reveals His will through the
proper use of the minds and consciences that He gave us.  THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 7:00 p.m., Zoppelt 101 & 102

Right Reason and Sex – Christian moral norms about sexuality don't come out of nowhere. They are
grounded in the human creational design.  FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 1:30 p.m., Zoppelt 101 & 102

Right Reason, Sex, and Dynamite – Can we give a gentle and reasonable defense of
Christian views on the explosive sexual issues of the day without simply droning "the Bible says"? Answer: Yes.  FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 3:30 p.m., Zoppelt 101 & 102
University post: J. Budziszewski is Professor of Philosophy & Government, University of Texas, Austin. Education: BA University of South Florida, MA University of Florida, PhD Political Science, Yale University. Faith journey: Raised Baptist; abandoned his faith in college, returned during early years of university teaching as an Episcopalian; since 2004, Roman Catholic. Family: Married 38 years to his high-school sweetheart Sandra, with whom he has two adult daughters. Christian worldview advocacy: Professor Budziszewski is a well-known contributor to Christian worldview education, as well as Christian higher education generally, in America. Since the 1990s, J. has spoken for events by ministries such as these:
    InterVarsity Fellowship & Campus Crusade Chuck Colson’s BreakPoint Centurions, a year-long worldview advocacy program Other Christian worldview conferences around the country Calvin College’s Christian Faculty Seminars: “Written on the Heart: The Natural Law Tradition”

He is now writing a book on our topic—human sexuality and the Natural Law. Popular and scholarly publications: J. is a prolific writer for both popular and scholarly publications, including these:
    Many weekly “Office Hours” and “Ask Theophilus” columns as Professor Theophilus for Focus on the Family’s webzine for Christian singles, Boundless.org His 1999 book How to Stay Christian in College (NavPress), reissued in a new edition in 2004, with more than 230,000 copies now in print Ask Me Anything: Provocative Answers for College Students, vols. 1 & 2 (NavPress, 2004 & 2008). These re-use columns J. wrote originally as Professor Theophilus in “Office Hours” and in another column, “Ask Theophilus,” containing correspondence with readers. His scholarly works express a Christian worldview engaging contemporary culture. > The Resurrection of Nature: Political Theory and the Human Character (Cornell, 1986) > The Nearest Coast of Darkness: A Vindication of the Politics of Virtues (Cornell, 1988) > True Tolerance: Liberalism and the Necessity of Judgment (Transaction, 1992) > Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law (InterVarsity Press, 1997), winner of a Christianity Today book award > The Revenge of Conscience: Politics and the Fall of Man (Spence Publishing, 1999) > What We Can't Not Know: A Guide (Spence Publishing, 2003) > The Line through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction (ISI Books, 2009)

Talks available online from a 2006 Veritas Forum at LSU:
   "Toleration and Moral Truth" – http://veritas.org/media/talks/381; "Playing Dumb: The Natural Consequences of Violating the Natural Law" – http://veritas.org/media/talks/382; "Natural Law, Moral Truth, and Conscience" – http://veritas.org/media/talks/383.

*Pronounced “boojee-SHEFski”. Contact Prof. Chris Martin for further information: 918-488-3858 chmartin@oru.edu

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