American Founding and the Bible Subject of Crader Lecture


Dr. Daniel Dreisbach, professor at American University, will speak about the influence of religion on the founding of America at the 2017 Crader Lecture in the Humanities at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Glenn Auditorium of Robert A. Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.

Sponsored by the Crader Family Endowment for American Values, this annual lecture since 2009 has brought internationally known scholars to Southeast to speak about political, constitutional and military history, encouraging audiences to re-examine their understanding of well-known, but often misunderstood, historical events and major figures.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dreisbach’s talk, titled “How the Bible Shaped the American Founding,” will examine the influences the Bible and religion have had on the Founding Fathers of America. Dreisbach’s recently released book, “Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers,” is the basis for his presentation.

Driesbach, an author and commentator, specializes in the study of religious liberty, the relationship of church and state and other issues regarding law and religion. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

“Dr. Driesbach is the perfect fit for the Crader Lecture,” said Dr. Adam Criblez, professor in the Department of History and coordinator of the Crader Lecture Series. “His topics address issues related to core American and democratic values. They are as relevant today as they were during the founding of our nation.”

Driesbach’s new book will be for sale through the Southeast Bookstore at the event, and he will be available at a book signing following the lecture.

The Crader Family Endowment for American Values, within the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, is dedicated to education, research and public engagement in the historical traditions of the United States of America and Western civilization.

The endowment’s objectives are to increase knowledge and appreciation of the political, religious and economic heritage of this nation and the West, and the values of individual liberty, constitutional principles and civic virtue that are at the foundation of this society. The endowment is named in honor of the Crader family: Saundra and the late Don Crader of Marble Hill, Missouri, and Stan and Debbie Crader of Jackson, Missouri.