Villanova: Rational Faith and Secular Unreason

Villanova University

Matthew J. Ryan Center: “Rational Faith and Secular Unreason: Why Religious Freedom is Under Siege”


The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University, a JMC partner program, will be hosting Matthew J. Franck for a lecture on why religious liberty is under attack.

Rational Faith, Secular Unreason, poster

Friday, March 29, 2019 • 3:00 PM
Bartley Hall, Room 1001 • Villanova University

Free and open to the public

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Matthew FranckMatthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy. As Director of the Simon Center, Franck supervised the work of the Task Force on International Religious Freedom, which resulted in the Institute-published monograph Religious Freedom: Why Now? Defending an Embattled Human Right (2012), a volume of essays on institutional conscience. In addition, he has published essays and reviews in numerous academic journals, including Journal of Politics, The Review of Politics, and American Political Thought, as well as in general-interest publications including The Claremont Review of Books, Imprimis, and National Review. Professor Franck has appeared on the nationally syndicated “Morning in America” radio show, as well as on Fox News, CNN, and NPR.

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The Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University promotes inquiry into the principles and processes of free government and seeks to advance understanding of the responsibilities of statesmen and citizens of constitutional democratic societies. Central concerns of the Center include the inalienable rights of all humanity, the principles of popular sovereignty and constitutionalism, the nature and preservation of free political institutions, and the application of principles of the American founding and Constitution to contemporary issues.

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