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Third Annual Denver Regional Convivium Irenicum

March 15 - March 16


Third Annual Denver Regional Convivium Irenicum

The First Amendment and Nature’s God

Can we live without Religion?

Historically, Americans have loved their God and loved their freedom. But from the earliest days of our republic, our freedom was understood as our freedom to worship God as we wished, or not at all. More recently, the pivotal First Amendment has increasingly been interpreted to mean our freedom from God, or at any rate any kind of public confession of Him.

Ironically, though, for many of America’s founders, it was precisely our public acknowledgment of God, and His lordship over the conscience, that made it possible to argue for freedom of worship and religious expression. This same transformation has taken place over the past couple centuries in other fields: more and more, institutions and disciplines once grounded on a recognition of God and His created order have sought to function either without any religious foundation or in open hostility to religion.

How can we as Protestant Christians proclaim the genuine blessings of religious freedom and free inquiry, without embracing this self-defeating rejection of God? Join us for a vigorous discussion in a convivial atmosphere at Colorado Christian University!

 Owen Anderson teaches Philosophy and Religious Studies in ASU’s New College. He has published seven books including The Declaration of Independence and God (2015) and The Natural Moral Law (2013) with Cambridge University Press. He is the editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to the First Amendment. 



Friday, March 15th

7:00: Coffee and snacks served

7:30-8:30 PM: “The First Amendment and Nature’s God: Can We Live Without Religion?” (Owen Anderson, Arizona State University)

8:30-9:15 PM: Q&A with Dr. Anderson

Saturday, March 16th

Saturday, March 16th

8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Additional paper presentations, including “Do We Need God in the Academy?” (Owen Anderson)

12:30-1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30-3:00 PM: General Q&A and panel discussion 



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Colorado Christian University, Leprino Hall, Room 170
Leprino Hall 170 180 S. Garrison St
Lakewood, CO 80226 United States
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