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Some Online Essays

Works that also appeared in hard copy versions of the periodicals are listed with +


  1. “J.R.R. Thomas Chesterton of Hippo: Moody Publishers and Its Safely Dead Catholic Authors.” Catholic World Report (7 December 2012)

  2. +“Reconsidering the First Freedom: Second Thoughts.” The City (Fall 2012): 86-90. (PDF of print edition). Review of Religious Liberty, Why Now?: Defending an Embattled Human Right, by The Task Force on International  Religious Freedom of the Witherspoon Institute (Princeton, NJ: The Witherspoon Institute 2012)

  3. “We are All Imbeciles Now: The HHS Regulations and the Specter of Buck v. Bell.” National Review Online, Bench Memos (27 February 2012)

  4. +“Sects, Politics and Religion: A review of Good and Bad Ways to Think About Religion and Politics.” First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life 212 (April 2011). May need subscription to access.

  5. “Intelligent Design and Me.” BioLogos Forum: Science and Faith in Dialogue. This is a four-part series published in March and May 2010 in which Francis Beckwith explains why he rejects Intelligent Design as a philosophical/scientific point of view, as well as what drew him to the issue in the early 2000’s. To read each part, click the appropriate one: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

  6. “Intelligent Design, Thomas Aquinas, and the Ubiquity of Final Causes.” BioLogos Foundation (22 May 2010) (PDF).  This essay is excerpted and adapted from the article, “How to Be An Anti-Intelligent Design Advocate,” University of St. Thomas Journal of Law and Public Policy 4.1 (2010): 35-65.

  7. +“Government Forms (or Deforms) Souls.” Catholic Answers Magazine 27.5 (September 2010)

  8. ”Interracial Marriage and Same-Sex Marriage: Why the Analogy Fails.” Public Discourse: Ethics, Law, and the Common Good. Online Publication of the Witherspoon Institute (21 May 2010)

  9. +”Justice for Some: Moral Theology and the President’s Honorary Doctorate.” Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity (May/June 2010)

  10. +”Nothing to Kill or Die For, No Religion Too.” The City (Spring 2010): 63-65. (PDF of print edition)

  11. +”Evangelical Catholicity.” The City (Summer 2009): 32-35. (PDF of print edition) This article is in response to an article by Matthew Lee Anderson, “The New Evangelical Scandal,” published in the Winter 2008 issue of The City. You can read Mr. Anderson’s piece here.

  12. “Why Can’t You Just `Love Your Neighbor.’” Christianity Today (10 July 2009) (Analysis of Pope Benedict  XVI’s encyclical, Caritas in Veritate)

  13. +“What’s the Debate About?,” in 2009 Sanctity of Human Life Guide (Colorado Springs, CO: Focus on the Family, 2009) (PDF of print edition). Originally published online on TrueU.org under the title, Who and What Are We? (What the Abortion Debate Is Really About)." (29 September 2005). The entire 2009 Sanctity of Human Life Guide may found online here. (Linking to this document does not imply or suggest endorsement by Francis J. Beckwith of the entirety of the work’s contents)

  14. +“The Church of Cirque de Soleil,” The Catholic World Report (June 2009): 46-47. (PDF of print edition). A Review of Being Catholic Now by Kerry Kennedy (Random House, 2008)    

  15. “Barack Obama and Notre Dame: Juris Doctor Honoris Causa?” First Things On the Square (31 March 2009)

  16. “Same-Sex Marriage and the Failure of Justificatory Liberalism.” First Things On the Square (10 December 2008)

  17. +"Let Us Define `Pro-life' For You." Waco Tribune-Herald (29 October 2007) (PDF of print edition)

  18. "Proclaiming Christ to Today's Generation: What Catholics Can Learn From Evangelical Protestants." Lay Witness Magazine (online version only) (1 September 2007)

  19. "Rejoinder to Miller's Response. " First Things On the Square (25 June 2007)

  20. "The Irrationality of Richard Dawkins. " First Things On the Square (20 June 2007). See Robert T. Miller's reply, "Response to Francis Beckwith." First Things On the Square (25 June 2007)

  21. "When the Saint Goes Swearing In." First Things On the Square (24 May 2007)

  22. "The Case of Ted Haggard." American Spectator Online (7 November 2006)

  23. +"Are There Limits to Religious Free Exercise?" Christian Research Journal 28.5 (2005): 52-53

  24. "Is Teaching Intelligent Design Illegal?" (debate with Douglas Laycock) Legal Affairs: The Magazine at the Intersection of Law and Life Online "Debate Club." 26-30 September 2005.

  25. +"Vatican Bible School: What John Paul II Can Teach Evangelicals." Touchstone Magazine.18.5 (June 2005)

  26. +"Sticker Shock: In Georgia Evolution Case Court Misses Real Issue of Religious Tolerance." Legal Times of D.C. 28.5 (31 Jan. 2005)

  27. +"What's Upstairs?" A review essay of Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey. First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life 147 (Nov. 2004)

  28. +"Mere Materialism: Chronicles of Nonsense." A review of C.S. Lewis' Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason by Victor Reppert. Christian Research Journal 27.3 (2004)

  29. +"Choice Words: A Critique of the New Prolife Rhetoric." Touchstone Magazine 17.1 (January 2004).This essay is a scaled-down, popular version of an essay originally published in the journal Ethics & Medicine. The Touchstone version is followed by a response from Frederica Matthewes-Green, a friend of Professor Beckwith who raises some important points against his argument.

  30. +"Reassessing Prolife Strategy." American Conservative Magazine (May 5, 2003) Review of Back to the Drawing Board: The Future of the Pro-Life Movement, ed. Teresa R. Wagner, St. Augustine's Press, 2003

  31. +”Pulling the Plug on Bioethics.” American Conservative Magazine (February 10, 2003) Review of Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge of Bioethics by Leon Kass. Encounter Books, 2003

  32. +"Philosophical Commitments, Public Policy, and Family Law." Focus on Law Studies 12.1 (American Bar Association) (Fall 1996)



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