One of the most enduring contributions of the Western tradition is the concept of natural law, first articulated explicitly by the Stoics and later by numerous Christian philosophers and theologians. The natural law tradition offers a standing rebuke to the modernist and postmodernist paradigms with its insistence that no matter how hard we try, we cannot change certain things that are built into the structure of creation. (It does many other things as well, but I won’t go into them here.)
I’m pleased to say that one of the leading theorists of the natural law, J. Budziszewski (UT-Austin), will be the keynote speaker at Faulkner University’s fourth annual Faith and the Academy Conference on February 11, 2011. Budziszewski is the author of a number of important yet readable books on the natural law: Written on the Heart, What We Can’t Not Know, and The Line Through the Heart. He has also written books for students, including How to Stay Christian in College and Ask Me Anything. We just reached an understanding with Prof. Budziszewski yesterday about coming to Montgomery and could not be more thrilled.
Give the circumstances, I thought it would be appropriate to post a link to this recent interview with Budziszewski over on the ISI website. If you are within driving distance of Montgomery, I hope you’ll consider joining us at our conference on February 11. (If you’re an academic, you should also consider submitting a paper proposal.)