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We’re excited to have UPenn law professor David Skeel here with us for two events on Friday, November 7!

David Skeel is a corporate law professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s also an elder in his church, a frequent contributor to the op-ed sections of newspapers nationwide, and a wide-ranging writer with special interests in apologetics and poetry.

He’s a compelling speaker, too—someone whose thoughtfulness and ability to clearly articulate complex ideas make him well worth listening to. Read our introduction to David Skeel in order to get a better sense of the breadth of his interests and the depth of his insight. Skeel will make use of his wide-ranging expertise over the course of two events during his visit to the U:

David Skeel, The Bi-Partisan Benefits of *Hobby Lobby*

 

This lecture on law will take place Friday, 11/7 at 12:15 p.m. in the UMN law school—Mondale Hall room 50.

Lunch will be provided, and the lecture has been approved for one CLE credit.

In his talk on the bipartisan benefits of Hobby Lobby, Skeel will address the ramifications of this court case. The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is widely seen by conservatives as a great victory, and by liberals as a travesty. Without rejecting the conventional wisdom altogether, Professor Skeel will explore the possibility that the reasoning of the majority opinion in Hobby Lobby may pack some surprises for the future. Even as it expands the scope of religious freedom, the Court’s decision invites a rethinking of its corporate finance jurisprudence (exemplified in the Citizens United case) and a more nuanced approach to corporate personhood.

The lecture is being cosponsored by the St. Thomas More Society, the Christian Legal Society, and the Business Law Society.

David Skeel, True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World

 

Skeel’s second talk—this one related to his new book on apologetics—will take place Friday, 11/7 at 4 pm in Moos Tower 2-620.

The Christian classics of the 20th century—books like C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity—seem to have lost some of their effectiveness: America is more pluralistic than ever before, and many Americans imagine that science has explained or will soon explain all of the mysteries of life. Many people doubt that a 2,000-year-old religion can possibly make sense of the complexities of the contemporary world.

In his talk, Professor Skeel will argue that this perception gets things precisely backwards. Christianity actually offers better explanations than materialism or other perspectives for many of the most important puzzles of our existence, such as our idea-making capacity, our perceptions of beauty and suffering, and our repeated optimism that we can create a truly just social order despite our repeated failure to do so.

This talk is being cosponsored by Reformed University Fellowship, InterVarsity, and the Navigators.