Baylor Church-State Professor Elected Vice President Of The Evangelical Theological Society

Nov. 23, 2004

by Julie Campbell Carlson

Dr. Francis J. Beckwith, associate professor of church-state studies and associate director of the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies at Baylor University, was elected vice president of the Evangelical Theological Society at its recent meeting in San Antonio.

In November 2005, Beckwith will become president-elect of ETS. As president-elect, he will serve as program chair at the organization's 2006 annual meeting, which will be held in Washington, D.C.

Beckwith has been on the Baylor faculty since July 2003. Prior to arriving at Baylor, he was a 2002-2003 Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the department of politics at Princeton University and held visiting scholar status at Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1997 to 2002, he was associate professor of philosophy, culture and law at Trinity International University.

A graduate of Fordham University and the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Beckwith is the author or editor of more than a dozen books including To Everyone An Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview, Law, Darwinism & Public Education; The Establishment Clause and the Challenge of Intelligent Design; The New Mormon Challenge: Responding to the Latest Defenses of a Fast Growing Movement; Do The Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics & Social Philosophy, 2nd ed.; and Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air.

According to its web site (, the Evangelical Theological Society was founded in 1949 "to foster conservative Biblical scholarship by providing a medium for the oral exchange and written expression of thought and research in the general field of the theological disciplines as centered in the Scriptures." As of 2002, the ETS had more than 3,600 members, and nearly 2,000 of them attend the organization's national meeting held every year the Wednesday through Friday before Thanksgiving week.

The ETS membership consists of Christians from a wide variety of theological traditions including Baptist, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Adventist and Pentecostal. Among the academic disciplines represented by ETS members are theology, biblical studies, philosophy and history. Since 1958, ETS has published Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.

For more information, contact Beckwith at 710-1510.

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