Bradley Prize recipient Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.
A renowned scholar on natural law, George was a member of what was The President’s Council on Bioethics, is a former presidential appointee to theU.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and has been a Judicial Fellow at the U.S. Supreme Court, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. In 2006, he was elected to the Bradley Foundation’s Board of Directors. In 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal.
George is also the author of numerous books — including Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, In Defense of Natural Law, The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion, and Morality in Crisis, published by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. In The Clash of Orthodoxies, drawing on natural-law philosophy, he challenges liberalism’s claim to represent the triumph of reason and argues that on controversial issues — such as embryonic stem-cell research, abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage — traditional Judeo-Christian beliefs are actually rationally superior to secular liberal alternatives.
His most-recent book is Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, with Christopher Tollefson. With the University of Chicago’s Jean Bethke Elshtain, he also co-edited 2006’s The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, & Morals, and he has written countless scholarly articles and book reviews.