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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.

Find information about previous faith and reason lectures.

Read or watch our most recent Faith and Reason Lecture:

FALL 2014 - FAITH & REASON LECTURE  ‌  September 12, 2014

Lecture title: "James Wilson—The Democratic Intellect at the Founding."


Roberta Bayer, Ph.D.

Dr. Bayer has served as Assistant Professor of Government at PHC since 2008. A Canadian by birth, she has taught in the Foundation Year Programme, the University of King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Saint Mary's College, Leavenworth, Kansas; and George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Dr. Bayer researches and teaches Medieval Philosophy, Reformation thought, and contemporary Christian philosophy. Dr. Bayer edits Anglican Way, the magazine of the Prayer Book Society of Canada, and has also published a collection of essays: Reformed and Catholic: Essays in Honor of Peter Toon, (Wipf and Stock).

In her Faith and Reason Lecture, Dr. Bayer, who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, profiled one of the lesser known Founding Fathers, James Wilson (1742-1798), who presented laws as a form of philosophical reasoning and viewed skepticism toward philosophy as a detriment to political freedom.  Unless laws are understood as moral truth, he believed, despotism will certainly arise, and, as a legal philosopher, Wilson critiqued modern views of sovereignty together with William Blackstone’s notions of jurisprudence.