Lecture by Nathan Chapman: "Agreeing to Disagree: How the Establishment Clause Protects Religious Diversity and Freedom of Conscience"


Location: Eck Hall of Law 1130

Agreeing To Disagree Book Cover

Join us for “Agreeing to Disagree: How the Establishment Clause Protects Religious Diversity and Freedom of Conscience,” a lecture based on the book of the same title co-authored by Nathan Chapman and Michael McConnell. In Agreeing to Disagree, Chapman and McConnell detail the theological, political, and philosophical underpinnings of the Establishment Clause, state disestablishment, and the disestablishment norms applied to the states by the Fourteenth Amendment.

Lunch will be available beginning at 12:15pm.

Nathan Chapman will present a lecture on the book, followed by commentary by Donald Drakeman, who will be joining virtually.

Nathan S. Chapman is Pope F. Brock Professor in Professional Responsibility at University of Georgia School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, religious liberty and ethics. He is also a McDonald Distinguished Fellow of Law and Religion at the Emory Center for Law and Religion and a Nootbaar Fellow in Law and Religion at Pepperdine School of Law. His scholarship focuses on the historical and theoretical underpinnings of constitutional law, especially the law of religious liberty and due process. He has also written several essays on Christianity and the law.

Chapman holds degrees in law and theology from Duke University. He litigated in the Washington, D.C., office of WilmerHale and clerked for Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit before joining the UGA faculty in 2013.

Donald Drakeman, CCCG Distinguished Research Professor, has written numerous articles and several books on law, religion, and constitutional interpretation. His book, Church, State, and Original Intent, was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title (Cambridge University Press, 2010). His scholarly work has been cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He has taught courses on constitutional topics at Princeton University and Notre Dame Law School, and he serves as the founding Chairman of the Advisory Council of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. His most recent books are From Breakthrough to Blockbuster: The Business of Biotechnology (Cambridge University Press, 2021).