“Marriage and Religious Worship: America’s core social strengths and their implications for public policy”

November 30, 2012: Patrick Fagan 

The data just keeps getting clearer and clearer:  Marriage and worship are central to the common good, while simultaneously the academy seems set against them and set against teaching them.  However, Congress can alter that by embracing the data and their implications.

“Religious Freedom and Women’s Freedom: Where We Go From Here”

November 16, 2012: Helen Alvaré 

This lecture will discuss the future of freedom in light of the recent contraceptive mandate.  Those who invoke “women’s health” against women who disagree with forcing religious institutions or individuals to violate deeply held beliefs are more than a little mistaken — and more than a little dishonest.

“Welfare, the State, and the Family: A 50 State Survey of the Cost of Family Fragmentation”

November 2, 2012: Lynne Marie Kohm

Programs designed to provide assistance for families have effectively placed the United States on a fast track for adaptation to a welfare state where families are fragmented and relying on government support. Legal and economic principles govern the price tag for the economics of family fragmentation.

“Eggs from Embryonic Stem Cells: Where Could This Lead Us?”

October 19, 2012: William Hurlbut 

The recent announcement of the production of mouse eggs from embryonic stem cells opens the avenue for similar efforts in producing human gametes.  This could lead to virtually unlimited sources of laboratory-produced human embryos for experimentation.  This potentially ominous development presents a new threat to human dignity.

“National Identity, Global Insecurity, and the American Future.”

October 5, 2012: Bramwell Osula 

Could national identity and global insecurity be the critical tipping points in the making of a future America?  Looking at a pantheon of cultural symbols and ‘Founding Father’ narratives, we ask:  Are these enough?  What can we anticipate?  What role might citizens play?

“Can Freedom Last Forever? The Founders’ Forgotten Question, and How We are Doing Today.”

September 7, 2012: Os Guinness

In all of history’s great civilizations, there has come the moment when their citizens became their own worst enemies, thinking and living at odds with the values and principles upon which their nation was built. This lecture will provide both historical and current evidence that suggests America is perilously close to reaching this point today, but will also offer direction and encouragement for those seeking to achieve what the country’s founding fathers predicted would be most challenging: sustainable freedom.

“The Vanishing Right of Conscience: Why the HHS Contraceptive Mandate is a Threat to the Common Good”

May 25, 2012: Richard Doerflinger

The Obama administration’s mandate for contraceptive coverage in most private health plans raises issues that reach beyond a debate on contraception itself:  The government’s authority to infringe on religious freedom, and to define which groups are “religious enough” to warrant protection; the role of religious groups in serving the common good; and even the limits on government’s right to intervene between parents and their children.  This lecture will explore the broader implications of this debate for the role of believers in American society.

“Religious Freedom in Full”

March 16, 2012: George Weigel

The Obama administration’s recently-announced HHS regulations, which would require Catholic institutions to subsidize health insurance coverage that provides sterilization, abortifacient drugs and contraceptives, should be located within the context of the administration’s three-year-long effort to define religious freedom down.  This lecture will examine the meaning of true religious freedom and will discuss just what is at stake.

“Responding to Islam: Lessons from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, and Bishop George Bell”

January 27, 2012:  Patrick Sookhdeo

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Karl Barth. Bishop George Bell. Dismissed, derided, and in one case even martyred, each of these Christian leaders took a stand against the threat of Nazism.  Today, a similar threat faces Christians in the US, across Europe, and much more dramatically throughout the Muslim world. Radical Islam’s jihadist ideology does not peacefully coexist with Christianity. And Christian leaders–both political and pastoral–should know more about the threats they face.