Twenty-one years ago, Dr. J. Budziszewski submitted two articles to First Things magazine identifying some deeply problematic aspects of both liberalism and conservatism as they are commonly understood. In the words of Dr. Budziszewski, "a good many Christians treat either liberal or conservative ideology as the authentic political expression of Christianity. For example, the left tends to view having compassion for the poor as practically identical with being liberal, and the right tends to view having respect for 'traditional values' as more or less the same thing as being conservative."
Join us this April 27th, when First Things and the Austin Institute team up to bring Dr. Budziszewski back to the podium to present a more challenging, genuinely Christian perspective on politics.
J. Budziszewski (Ph.D. Yale, 1981) is a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His area of specialization is the natural moral law, and he is most well-known for his work on moral self-deception, “the revenge of conscience” -- what happens when we tell ourselves that we don't know what we really do know. The most recent of Dr. Budziszewski's twelve books are Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and On the Meaning of Sex (ISI Books, 2012). His Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics will be published by Cambridge in Spring, 2017.