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Published Articles and Book Chapters in Law & Ethics

This list consists only of those works whose contents are fully accessible online. Forthcoming articles are not yet available


  1. Does Judith Jarvis Thomson Really Grant the Prolife View of Fetal Personhood in Her Defense of Abortion?: A Rawlsian Assessment.International Philosophical Quarterly  54.4 (December 2014): forthcoming

  2. Secular Bioethics and Its Challenge to the Catholic Citizen.” Nova et Vetra (2014): forthcoming.

  3. “On Making the Case for Life: On St. Peter’s Counsel to Always Be Ready.” National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly 13.4 (Winter 2013): 601-609

  4. “Justificatory Liberalism and Same-Sex Marriage.” Ratio Juris: An International Journal of Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law 26.4 (December 2013): 487-509. (May need subscription to access)

  5. “Potentials and Burdens: A Response to Giubilini and Minerva.” Journal of Medical Ethics 39 (May 2013): 341-344. (May need subscription to access)

  6. Zygotes, Embryos, and Subsistence: A Response to Corcoran.” Philosophia Christi 14.1 (Summer 2012): 209-219.

  7. “The Human Being, a Person of Substance: A Response to Dean Stretton.” In  Persons, Moral Worth, and Embryos: A Critical Analysis of Pro-Choice Arguments. Edited by Stephen Napier. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011), 67-83.

  8. “Dignity Never Been Photographed: Scientific Materialism, Enlightenment Liberalism, and Steven Pinker.” Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics 26.2 (Summer 2010): 93-110.

  9. “How To Be An Anti-Intelligent Design Advocate,” University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy 4.1 (2009-2010): 35-65

  10. “Must Theology Sit in the Back of Secular Bus?:  The Federal Courts’ View of Religion and Its Status as Knowledge.” Journal of Law & Religion 24.2 (2008-2009): 547-568

  11. “The Courts, Natural Rights, and Religious Claims as Knowledge.” Santa Clara Law Review 49.2 (2009): 429-458.

  12. "Doing What Comes Naturally and Not Knowing It: A Reflection on J. Budziszewski’s Work.” The Catholic Social Science Review 12 (2007): 33-40.

  13. "Bioethics, the Christian Citizen, and the Pluralist Game." Christian Bioethics 13 (May 2007): 159-170.

  14. "The Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, and Abortion Law." Liberty University Law Review 1.1 (2006): 37-72. Revised and updated version of the previously published article, "Roe v. Wade: Its Logic and Its Legacy." The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 7.2 (Summer 2003): 4-28. 

  15. "The Court of Disbelief: The Constitution's Article VI Religious Test Prohibition and the Judiciary's Religious Motive Analysis." Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly 33.2&3 (Winter and Spring 2006): 337-360.

  16. "Taking Theology Seriously: The Status of the Religious Beliefs of Judicial Nominees for the Federal Bench." Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 20.1 (2006): 455-471.

  17. "Defending Abortion Philosophically: A Review of David Boonin's A Defense of Abortion." Journal of Medicine & Philosophy 31 (April 2006): 177-203.

  18. "Rawls's Dangerous Idea?: Liberalism, Evolution, and the Legal Requirement of Religious Neutrality in Public Schools.” Journal of Law and Religion 20.2 (2004-05): 423-458.

  19. "Gimme That Ol' Time Separation: A Review Essay." Chapman Law Review 8.1 (2005): 309-27.

  20. "Thomson's `Equal Reasonableness' Argument for Abortion Rights: A Critique." American Journal of Jurisprudence 49.1 (2004): 185-198

  21. "The Explanatory Power of the Substance View of Persons." Christian Bioethics 10.1 (2004): 33-54.

  22. "What Would Reagan Do?" Human Life Review 30.3 (Summer 2004): 74-77.

  23. "When You Come to a Fork In the Road, Take It?: Abortion, Personhood, and the Jurisprudence of Neutrality." Journal of Church and State 44.3 (Summer 2003): 485-497.

  24. "Consent, Sex, and the Prenatal Rapist: A Brief Reply to McDonagh"s Suggested Revision of Roe v. Wade." (co-authored with Steven D. Thomas). Journal of Libertarian Studies 17.3 (Summer 2003): 1-16

  25. "Science and Religion Twenty Years After McLean v. Arkansas: Evolution, Public Education, and the New Challenge of Intelligent Design." Harvard  Journal of Law & Public Policy 26.2 (Spring 2003): 455-499.

  26. "A Liberty Not Fully Evolved?: The Case of Rodney LeVake and the Right of Public School Teachers to Criticize Darwinism." San Diego Law Review 39.4 (Nov/Dec 2002): 1311-1325.

  27. "Cloning and Reproductive Liberty." Nevada Law Journal 3.1 (Fall 2002): 61-87

  28. "Law, Religion, and the Metaphysics of Abortion: A Reply to Simmons." Journal of Church and State 43.1 (Winter 2001): 19-33

  29. "Taking Abortion Seriously: A Philosophical Critique of the New Anti-Abortion Rhetorical Shift." Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics 17.3(Fall 2001): 155-166.

  30. "Physician-Value Neutrality: A Critique" (co-authored with John Peppin). Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics 28.1 (Spring 2000): 67-77.

  31. "The `Nobody Deserves His or Her Talents Argument for Affirmative Action': A Critical Analysis." Social Theory and Practice vol. 25, no. 1 (Spring 1999):53-60.

  32. "The Ethics of Referral Kickbacks and Self-Referral and the HMO Physician as Gatekeeper: An Ethical Analysis." Journal of Social Philosophy 28.3 (Winter 1996): 41-48.

  33. “Personal Bodily Rights, Abortion, and Unplugging the Violinist.” International Philosophical Quarterly 32.1 (March 1992): 105-118.



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