Wednesday, March 20, 2024

David French to teach The Philosophies of the American Foundings, David Lipscomb's Lifelong Learning Class Offering

David French
by Rod Williams, March 8, 2024 - David French will be teaching a five-week, once a week, class on The Philosophies of the American Foundings, starting March 26 at Lipscomb's University as part of their Lifelong Learning offerings. The price is only $80.  I have enrolled and am looking forward to it. If you would be interested in enrolling, follow this link.

I have seen David French speak once at a First Tuesday gathering and enjoyed hearing him. I have read his writings for years. He is a conservative scholar, journalist and an attorney who has argued high-profile religious liberty cases. He is a New York Times opinion columnist, a fellow at the National Review Institute and was a staff writer for National Review from 2015 to 2019. He is a senior editor of The Dispatch and is a contributing writer for The Atlantic.

Below is the course syllabus:

The Philosophies of the American Foundings

March 26; April 2, 9, 16, 23

10-11:30 a.m. CT

Longview Mansion

In person and Zoom

Cost: $80

Instructor: David French, J.D. (’91), Distinguished Visiting Professor of Public Policy, Lipscomb University College of Leadership and Public Service

The best way to think of the American experiment is that it truly had two foundings. The first took the moral clarity of the Declaration of Independence and translated it into a Constitution that was both revolutionary for its time and also contained a fundamental flaw that almost destroyed our new nation. The second founding—the "new birth of freedom" promised by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address—is what truly transformed the character of our young republic and created the nation we know today.

In five weeks we'll walk through the philosophical and moral origins of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Civil War Amendments. What did the founders think of human nature? Of the role of government? What did they get right? What did they get wrong? And we'll end with a challenging question: As Americans grow increasingly alienated from each other, and the bonds of civic fellowship are strained to the breaking point, do we need yet another constitutional revolution to preserve the American experiment?

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