Francis J. Beckwith (b. 1960) is a philosopher and legal scholar. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, at Baylor University, where he is also Fellow and Faculty Associate in the Institute for the Studies of
Religion. In July, 2005 began serving a three-year term as a member of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Philosophy and Law. Beckwith was the 2007 President of the Evangelical Theological Society until his resignation on May
5, 2007 due to his return to the Roman Catholic Church. Francis Beckwith has an MA and PhD from Fordham University in Philosophy, and a Master of Juridical Studies (MJS) from the Washington University School of Law, St. Louis.
"During the last week of March 2007, after much prayer, counsel and consideration, my wife and I decided to seek full communion with the Roman Catholic Church." ^^ Beckwith's reasoning included his consideration
of the Roman Catholic view of
justification ^^ which, when "correctly understood, is biblically and historically defensible." The Washington Post also notes, "Beckwith said he was also deeply affected by a
joint declaration in 1999 by the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church on the doctrine of justification, which he said went a long way toward eliminating this historical source
of division." ^^ He also noted his reading of the
early church fathers where he concluded that "the Early Church is more Catholic than Protestant." ^^
- Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic. Brazos, 2009.
- Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice. Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007.
- Ed. with
William Lane Craig and
J. P. Moreland,
To Everyone an Answer: A Case for the Christian Worldview: Essays in Honor of Norman L. Geisler. InterVarsity Press, 2004.
- Ed., The New Mormon Challenge. Zondervan, 2002.
- Do the Right Thing: Readings in Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy. 2nd edition. Wadsworth Publishing, 2001.
- With Greg Koukl,
Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air. Baker, 1998.
- Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights. Baker, 1994.