Religious Liberty Scholar To Deliver Miller Lecture Oct. 21

Oct. 15, 2002

One of the premier scholars on religious liberty will deliver Baylor University's annual Robert T. Miller Professorship Distinguished Lecture Series on Monday, Oct. 21. Dr. Ronald Flowers, the John F. Weatherly Professor of Religion at Texas Christian University, will speak on "Conscientious Objection and the Supreme Court" at 4 p.m. in room 337 at the Draper Academic Building and on "Separation of Church and State: Should the Wall Come Tumblin' Down?" at 7 p.m. in Jones Theater at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building.

Flowers received his bachelor's degree from TCU and bachelor's and master's degrees from the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. He earned his doctorate in religion at the University of Iowa.

Flowers and the late Robert Miller, for whom the lectureship is named, collaborated on "Toward Benevolent Neutrality," a work many consider the definitive publication on the U.S. Supreme Court's interpretations of the religion clauses of the Constitution and now in its fifth edition. Flowers also is the author of several books on religious liberty and the Supreme Court, including the recently published "To Defend the Constitution: Religion, Conscientious Objection, Naturalization and the Supreme Court."

Dr. Robert T. Miller, a renowned expert on constitutional law, taught in the political science department at Baylor from 1946-1995, serving as the chair of the department from 1962-1990. At the time of his death in 1996, Miller held the title of R. W. Morrison Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

The Robert T. Miller Professorship Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by Baylor's department of political science. The lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, call 710-3161.

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