Constitution Day Event: Unalienable Rights: The Role of the Creator in Public Life

ConstitutionCome celebrate Constitution Day at ASU Libraries Constitution Day Celebration on September 17th from 12 Noon to 1 PM in Hayden Library Room 133.  The event will feature Dr. Owen Anderson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious studies in ASU’s New College. In 2013-2014 he was the William E. Simon research fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University and a visiting scholar at Princeton Seminary.  He has published seven books including The Declaration of Independence and God (2015) and The Natural Moral Law (2013) with Cambridge University Press.  His areas of research include epistemology, the ethics of belief, intellectual history, and religious pluralism.  He regularly teaches Philosophy of Religion, Introduction to Philosophy, Applied Ethics, World Religions, Western Religious Traditions, and Religion in America.

The Declaration of Independence famously states “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This claim relates human rights and equality to the role of the Creator. As such it is affirming a relationship between human origins and human nature. This talk will look at some of the influence this has had on American thought, including religious freedom and state established religion.

Bring your brown bag lunch and enjoy this free event. For more information contact Dan Stanton at or 480-965-1798