Francis Beckwith, Ph.D. 

Professor of Philosophy and Church State Studies at Baylor University 

Francis J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies at Baylor University, where he also serves as associate director of the graduate program in philosophy. With his appointment in the philosophy department, he also teaches in several other academic units of the university including political science, religion, medical humanities, and church-state studies.


He is the author of over 100 academic articles, book chapters, reference entries, and reviews. Among his over twenty books are Never Doubt Thomas: The Catholic Aquinas as Evangelical and Protestant, which will be published by Baylor University Press in Fall 2019, as well as Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (2007) and Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (2015), both published by Cambridge University Press.  Taking Rites Seriously was the winner of the American Academy of Religion’s prestigious 2016 Book Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion in Constructive-Reflective Studies.


A graduate of the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (M.J.S.) and Fordham University (M.A., Ph.D.), he has held visiting faculty appointments at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Notre Dame, and Princeton University. 

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