Matthew J. Franck : Articles

Matthew J. Franck

Matthew J. Franck is the Director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution.  He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Radford University, in Radford, Virginia, where he taught constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy from 1989 to 2010, was Chairman of the  Department of Political Science from 1995 to 2010, and received the Radford University Foundation Award for Creative Scholarship in 2001.  He is also Visiting Lecturer in Politics at Princeton University. He has written numerous books and is a regular blogger on National Review Online’s “Bench Memos” page and the “First Thoughts” page at First Things, and has appeared numerous times on Bill Bennett’s nationally syndicated “Morning in America” radio show, as well as on Fox News, CNN, NPR, and Relevant Radio.

  • David Gushee’s Brave New Biblical Sexual Ethics

    The evangelical theologian David Gushee, who teaches at Mercer University, made a splash recently with a Washington Post op-ed summarizing the grounds for a change of his mind on Christian sexual ethics, particularly with a view to how the church should reach out to persons with same-sex attraction and those in same-sex relationships. Gushee declares that he now

  • When the Government Does Theology

    In the ongoing struggle between religious freedom and the Health and Human Services sterilization-contraception-abortifacient mandate, the arsenal of bad arguments deployed by the Obama administration has been very impressive. “Corporations have no claim to the freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights” is perhaps the most extreme of these views. With more seeming modesty, some