The Law and What it Means to be Human

The Bryan Center for Critical Thought & Practice will hold its second symposium of the fall October 23 - 26, 2005. 

Is there a crisis between morality and the law? What is the law’s view of humanness and how does this affect theories of government? Has the continuing interest in eugenics had a negative impact on the meaning of persons? These and other questions will be addressed by some of America's major scholars in law and philosophy:

  • Dr. Gerard V. Bradley, teaches in the Notre Dame Law School's Trial Advocacy Program and participates in numerous professional organizations that involve the study of law and religion and related constitutional issues. He serves as co-director of Notre Dame's Natural Law Institute, co-editor of the institute's American Journal of Jurisprudence, and is president of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.     
  • Dr. F. LaGard Smith is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law. In addition to his legal career, which included serving as a district attorney and professor of law, Dr. Smith is the author of 24 books on Christian doctrine.     
  • Dr. Jerry Zandstra recently completed five years as director of Programs at the Acton Institute, a think-tank that provides global leadership on issues relating to economics, public policy, and theology. He has taught at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.   
  • Dr. H. Wayne House is Distinguished Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Faith Seminary, and adjunct Professor of Law at Trinity Law School, Trinity International University. Dr. House was associate professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, and Professor of Law at Trinity Law School.   
  • Dr. Peter A. Lawler is Dana Professor and Chair of the Department of Government and International Studies at Berry College. He is executive editor of the quarterly journal Perspectives on Political Science and has been chair of the politics and literature section of the American Political Science Association. He is a member of the Society of Scholars at the Madison Center at Princeton University, and is a member of President Bush's Council on Bioethics.   


Event Schedule

Sunday, October 23, 2005 

 8:00 p.m. Dr. Gerard V. Bradley "Morality and the Crisis in Law."

Monday, October 24, 2005

10:00 a.m. Chapel Prof. F. LaGard Smith

4:00 p.m. Prof. F. LaGard Smith "Human Nature at the Crossroads of Theology and Law."

 8:00 pm. Dr. Jerry Zandstra "Views of the human Person and Theories of Government."

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

4:00 p.m. Dr. H. Wayne House "May Personhood and Humanness Be Separated in the Declaration and the Constitution?"

8:00 p.m. Dr. Peter A. Lawler "Compassionate Conservatism, Biotechnology, and the Tyranny of the Future."

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

10:00 a.m. Chapel Dr. H. Wayne House

All lectures are in Rudd Auditorium, and are free and open to the public. For more information call 423.775.7571 or email