Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
For centuries, the idea that human beings have an inherent sense
of right and wrong has intrigued political and religious thinkers.
The notion of a "natural" moral law has been a key driver of much
Christian political thought in the west. It has helped shape
the development of religious freedom and the concept of rights, and
its influence on America's Founding Fathers was
In today's post-modern society, however, the concept often
prompts confusion and controversy. Even critics who might
accept the reality of a moral law in theory wonder whether such an
idea is outdated, impractical or unnecessary as a basis for liberal
Dr. Greg Forster, author of The Contested Public
Square, provides clarity on this important topic.
Forster will explain the ways the Founders relied on natural law as
well as its continuing relevance for America's future. Points
of focus will include the way citizens debate justice and morality
in the public square, how they resist tyranny and defend freedom,
and the possibility of civil discourse in a pluralistic
More About the Speakers
Greg Forster, Ph.D.
Author of The Contested Public Square: The Crisis of
Christianity and Politics
Ryan Messmore, D.Phil.