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“To me, the Faith & Reason festival exemplifies what Patrick Henry 
College is all about: committed Christians pursuing the highest level of academic scholarship.”

~ Dr. Gene Edward Veith, Provost

Each fall and spring since 2005, the Patrick Henry College campus has united around a faith and reason lecture—a day-long shared experience that involves a presentation by a faculty member or guest, lunch with the speaker, small-group discussions, and an afternoon question-and-answer session with a faculty panel.  Prominent speakers explore the nexus between faith and reason, as it relates to various philosophies, vocations and disciplines.

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FALL 2012 - FAITH & REASON LECTURE  ‌  September 21, 2012

Lecture title: "Religious Liberty: Did It Arise From Faith or Reason?"


Dr. Michael Farris

Constitutional lawyer, author, leading pro-family activist and homeschooling pioneer, Dr. Farris is listed as one of “Top Ten Kingmakers of the Religious Right,” according to Religion News Service. Named among the 100 most significant “Faces of the Century” in education by Education Week, Farris was featured in Praying for the World’s 365 Most Influential People.

Dr. Farris' lecture will be drawing from his book, From Tyndale to Madison: How the Death of an English Martyr Led to the American Bill of Rights, in which he examines whether America was envisioned as a strictly Christian nation by expanding the understanding of America’s founding, revealing the God who rules all countries and giving an honest accounting of the fallen men who have served as His agents.