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Dr. Daniel Dreisbach to Present WIC Lecture Series

Dr. Daniel Dreisbach, professor in the school of public affairs at American University, will present this year’s Women in the Church (WIC) Lecture Series at Covenant College on February 12-14, 2015.


Dr. Dreisbach earned his BA from the University of South Carolina; his DPhil in politics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar; and his JD from the University of Virginia. He’s been a member of the American University faculty since 1991, where his research interests include constitutional law and the intersection of politics, law, and religion in American public life. Dr. Dreisbach is also the father of a Covenant student.


In addition to his work at American University, Dr. Dreisbach is on the editorial board of Politics and Religion, and has authored or edited eight books, including Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation between Church and State (New York University Press), Faith and the Founders of the American Republic (Oxford University Press), and The Sacred Rights of Conscience (Liberty Fund).  


Students will hear from Dr. Dreisbach in chapel on Thursday and Friday, beginning February 12, and in a weekend-long class. His lecture series will explore the role of the Bible in the political discourse of the American founding. WIC Lectures, including chapel talks and class sessions, are free and open to the public. The classes will be held in Brock Hall 118-122 at Covenant College.


“Dr. Dreisbach’s earlier work on Thomas Jefferson and the wall of separation metaphor is probably the definitive statement on the subject,” said Dr. Cale Horne, associate professor of political studies. “It’s exciting that he is now taking on the topic of the Bible in the political discourse of the founding era. As much as the founders used Scripture to defend their actions and explain their vision, there really hasn’t been much in the way of serious analysis of how they did so. It’s a great honor for Covenant to be able to host Dr. Dreisbach, who is quite honestly one of the most important constitutional scholars alive.”


The lecture series is made possible by the generous support of the Women’s Ministries in the Church, formerly known as Women in the Church, of the Presbyterian Church in America.


Thursday, February 12

11:00 a.m. Chapel: “What Does God Require of Us?: Micah 6:8 in the Political Literature of the American Founding”

6:30 – 10:00 p.m. WIC Class


Friday, February 13

11:00 a.m. Chapel: “Under Our Own Vine and Fig Tree: Micah 4:4 and the Creation of an American Metaphor for Liberty”

6:30 – 10:00 p.m. WIC Class


Saturday, February 14

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. WIC Class


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