Testing the Merits of Common Good Constitutionalism
Friday, October 6 | 12:00-3:00 PM
The Scholars’ Symposium is an annual event designed to give law professors, students, lawyers, and judges an opportunity to gather over lunch to hear from a Christian scholar on a topic of interest to Christian lawyers and engage in an extended time of discussion and debate. “Testing the Merits of Common Good Constitutionalism” is the topic of this year’s Scholars’ Symposium.
How well does American constitutional democracy adequately protect and promote the good life distinguished by friendship, family, religion, neighborliness, and excellence? Does the government have a duty to pursue this goal? “Common good constitutionalism” is emerging at a moment when America is becoming more diverse and government actions to protect families, the environment, and communal life are expanding. Is common-good constitutionalism the ideal response to the cultural changes taking place? Are there other fruitful resources in Christian traditions of principled pluralism? What can be learned from a dialogue between these approaches to law and governance as well as other forms of conservative and Christian legal thought?
Dr. Michael P. Moreland, Professor of Law and Religion and Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion, and Public Policy, Villanova University School of Law
Stanley Carlson-Thies, Founder & Senior Director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance (A Program of the Center for Public Justice)
Moderator: Michelle Kirtley, Senior Research Analyst at a lab at Duke University, Board of Trustees Co-Chair of the Association for Public Justice (APJ)
LOCATION: Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse