Atheism to Catholicism: A Professor’s Journey Out of Nihilism | Prof. J. Budziszewski


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This lecture was given at the University of Oregon on 21 November 2019. J. Budziszewski (Ph.D. Yale, 1981) is a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. His main area of research is the natural moral law, and he is most well known for his work on moral self deception, “the revenge of conscience” what happens when we tell ourselves that we don't know what we really do know. However, he has written about all sorts of things such as moral character, family and sexuality, religion and public life, toleration and liberty, and the unraveling of our common culture. The most recent of his thirteen books are Commentary on Thomas Aquinas's Treatise on Law and Commentary on Thomas Aquinas’s Virtue Ethics, both from Cambridge University Press, as well as "On the Meaning of Sex," from Intercollegiate Studies Institute. His book for students, "How to Stay Christian in College" has sold several hundred thousand copies. He also maintains a personal website and blog, "The Underground Thomist." Married for more than 45 years, Dr. Budziszewski has several children and a clutch of grandchildren. Presently he is completing a book on the meaning of happiness. For more information on this and other events go to

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