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Most Sacred: Freedom of Conscience in America

The Center for Vision & Values

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM - Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM (EDT)

Most Sacred: Freedom of Conscience in America

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Full conference with meals   more info Apr 3, 2019 $180.00 $0.00
Full conference w/Thursday meals only   more info Apr 3, 2019 $135.00 $0.00
Full conference w/Friday meals only   more info Apr 3, 2019 $135.00 $0.00
Full conference (no meals)   more info Apr 3, 2019 $100.00 $0.00
Thursday only with meals   more info Apr 3, 2019 $95.00 $0.00
Thursday only (no meals)   more info Apr 3, 2019 $50.00 $0.00
Friday only with meals   more info Apr 3, 2019 $95.00 $0.00
Friday only (no meals)   more info Apr 3, 2019 $50.00 $0.00

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Most Sacred: Freedom of Conscience in America

There are few more sacred rights in American history and the Christian tradition than freedom of conscience. James Madison insisted that an individual’s conscience was “more sacred than his castle.” It is a natural right and fundamental right. Madison argued for inclusion of freedom of conscience in the Bill of Rights. He made that argument in Philadelphia—that is, in the state of Pennsylvania, where another founder, William Penn, a century earlier had implemented a historic Act for Freedom of Conscience. 

This freedom has served America so admirably for centuries, from conscientious objectors in World Wars I and II to the Vietnam War, from the appeals of citizens as diverse as the Quakers, Sergeant Alvin York, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr., the Little Sisters of the Poor, and Kim Davis.

And yet, our precious consensus on conscience is being challenged unlike ever before, and redefined unlike ever before. Professor Colleen Sheehan writes: “The appeal to conscience today tends to have nothing to do with a sense of duty to God or acting in accordance with a higher law. Rather, when people today talk about conscience, they tend to mean something like—as Wikipedia puts it—a ‘gut feeling’ or ‘vague sense of guilt.’ People consider themselves answerable only to their autonomous self, to their own feelings and personal opinions.”

That is not the American or Christian conception of conscience. And maybe it’s precisely that lack of understanding that has created the chaos and corruption we face today.

And so, what is freedom of conscience properly understood? Why is it worth preserving? And how should we at Grove City College—an institution dedicated to faith and freedom and to forming the very consciences of young people—respond in today’s chaotic culture?

Join us this April 4-5, 2019 as we tackle these questions on this crucial subject.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not choose to purchase meals, all mealtime lectures will be simulcast into Sticht lecture hall.

 

NOTE TO PARENTS OF CURRENT GROVE CITY COLLEGE STUDENTS: You will receive a special invitation at a later date. You may also contact Brenda Vinton at VintonBL@gcc.edu for registration instructions.

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Grove City College
100 Campus Drive
Grove City, PA 16127

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:00 AM - Friday, April 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM (EDT)


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The Center for Vision & Values

Since 2005, The Center for Vision & Values has become a leading forum for the study and application of freedom to economic, political, social, religious and scientific issues. We invite you to explore our scholarship, attend an upcoming discussion or invest financially in our essential work.

The Center remains true to its vision – a commitment to Christian truth, morality, and freedom. In a sea of change, we remain anchored to the permanent things.

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