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Conservative Christian academic to speak at UGA Feb. 24

Athens, Ga. – A leading Christian thinker from Princeton University will deliver a lecture entitled “Natural Law, God and Human Dignity,” at 4 p.m. Feb. 24 at the University of Georgia Chapel.

Open free to the public, the talk by Robert George, the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton, is sponsored by the UGA Christian Faculty Forum.

“We’re an organization of professors from across campus in different disciplines, and every year or two we try to invite a speaker to address the whole campus,” said Randy Beck, a professor in the UGA School of Law. “Many of the people involved in Christian Faculty Forum are interested in how Christian theology might relate to various disciplines represented on a university campus. We often bring in speakers to draw some connection between Christian teaching and current scholarship.”

The New York Times Magazine hailed George, who also serves as director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton, as “this country’s most influential conservative Christian thinker” for the impact of his opinions concerning topics like stem cell research, same-sex marriage and abortion. He has served on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the President’s Council on Bioethics.

George earned a doctorate of philosophy from Oxford University as well as a juris doctorate from Harvard University. He regularly teaches classes on constitutional interpretation, civil liberties and philosophy of law.

Active at UGA since 1993, the Christian Faculty Forum is comprised of approximately 250 faculty and staff members. In the past, the group has invited Christian academicians such as Peter Kreeft, Arthur Brooks, Ravi Zacharias and William Craig to campus.