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Natural Law Expert to Speak on Equality and Life Issues


Dr. Finnis' talk will be sponsored by the Institute of Bioethics.

Posted:  2011-03-09  

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STEUBENVILLE, OH—Dr. John Finnis, internationally known expert in natural law theory, will give a talk titled "Equality and Life Issues: A Scorecard" at Franciscan University of Steubenville at 7:00 p.m. in the J.C. Williams Center on Saturday, March 26. Sponsored by the Franciscan University Institute of Bioethics, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Finnis says his talk will touch on "the ontological basis for radical human equality of rights, the real differences of character and attainment that justify differences of treatment, and the threats to proper freedom, morality and religion from indiscriminate anti-discrimination policies and laws." Topics such as abortion, cloning, and same-sex marriage will be treated in the lecture.

Finnis is a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame and at the University of Oxford. He has served on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Joint Committee on Bioethical Issues and is widely published in law, legal theory, moral and political philosophy, and moral theology.

Founded in 2007, the Institute of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville examines, articulates, and defends the Catholic Church’s position on the most controversial issues of the day. It does this through conferences, public lectures, and the writings, research, and public speaking engagements of the Institute’s director, Dr. Patrick Lee, who holds the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Chair of Bioethics.

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