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Forum with David Skeel

Please join us on Tuesday, May 20, 2019 from 7-9pm for a forum with David Skeel at the Union League Club. To learn more about the event or to RSVP, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Although the twentieth century saw several landmark contributions to Christian apologetics, including C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, these Christian classics have lost some of their effectiveness in an era when America is more pluralistic than ever before and many Americans imagine that science has explained or will soon explain all of the mysteries of life. Many Americans doubt that a two thousand year religion can possibly make sense of the complexities of the contemporary world. Professor Skeel will argue that this perception gets things precisely backwards.

Christianity actually offers better explanations than materialism or other perspectives for many of the most important puzzles of our existence, such our idea-making capacity, our perceptions of beauty and suffering, and our repeated optimism that we can create a truly just social order and repeated failure to do so.

About the Speaker
SkeelHeadshot2019David Skeel is the S. Samuel Arsht Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He is author of True Paradox: How Christianity Makes Sense of Our Complex World (InterVarsity, 2014), The New Financial Deal: Understanding the Dodd-Frank Act and its (Unintended) Consequences (Wiley, 2011); Icarus in the Boardroom: The Fundamental Flaws in Corporate America and Where They Came From (Oxford, 2005); Debt's Dominion: A History of Bankruptcy Law in America (Princeton, 2001); and numerous articles on bankruptcy and financial distress, corporate law, Christianity and law, law and literature, and other topics. His commentary has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Weekly Standard, Books & Culture, and elsewhere. In August, 2016, he was appointed by President Obama to serve on the oversight board for Puerto Rico.