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Constitution Day Speaker Examines American Constitution, the Bible

  • Published: Sep 15, 2015 10:15AM
Daniel Dreisbach

Constitutional scholar Dr. Daniel Dreisbach will be the featured speaker at Taylor University’s Constitution Day observance. His comments, titled The Bible and the American Constitutional Tradition, will be presented at 7:00 p.m., September 16, in Room 109 of the Euler Science Complex on the Taylor campus. The public is invited.

Daniel Dreisbach, PhD, JD, is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia. Dreisbach is a past recipient of American University’s highest faculty award, Scholar/Teacher of the Year.

Dreisbach is also a Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. His research interests include constitutional law and the intersection of politics, law, and religion in American public life. He has authored and edited eight books, published 75 book chapters, and lectured at over 100 colleges, law schools, and seminaries. He has made frequent appearances on local and national media.

“The political and constitutional ideas of the American Founding were informed by diverse intellectual, political, and legal influences, including classical republicanism, Enlightenment liberalism, and the English common law,” Dreisbach said. “This lecture examines the influence of the Bible – and important yet often ignored source of ideas – on the American constitutional tradition. The founding generation looked to the Bible for insights on human nature, civil authority, and politics, as well as for political and legal models they sought to emulate in their constitutional republics. An examination of the Bible’s often neglected place in late-eighteenth-century political and legal cultures enriches our understanding of the ideas that contributed to the American Constitution and its attendant institutions.”

“Dr. Dreisbach is going to provide a historical overview of development of the Constitution and also how the Bible informed its writing,” said Dr. Stephen King, Professor of Political Science at Taylor University. “Many have talked about the United States being a Christian nation, and while we can debate that, we cannot debate the fact that the United States has the Judeo-Christian heritage that includes the Bible. Dr. Dreisbach is trained in political science and constitutional law, and we are excited to host him on campus. We are certain our students and faculty will find this to be a very balanced and informative session.”