John Eidsmoe is an attorney and a professor of constitutional law and related subjects. He has previously taught at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, Montgomery, Alabama, and at the O. W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University. He served in the US Air Force as a Lt. Colonel and is an Alabama State Defense Force Colonel, Headquarters Judge Advocate, Deputy Chaplain and Training Officer. He earned his J.D. from the University of Iowa, M.A. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and M. Div. from Lutheran Brethren Seminary.
In a 2001 interview, Eidsmoe said "When Biblical law conflicted with American law, O.R.U. students were generally taught that 'the first thing you should try to do is work through legal means and political means to get it changed.'" In his 1987 book Christianity and the Constitution, Eidsmoe wrote that America “was and to a large extent still is a Christian nation,” and that “our culture should be permeated with a distinctively Christian flavoring.”
Eidsmoe has stirred some controversy in his outside lecturing. In 2005, he spoke to the national convention of the Council of Conservative Citizens and in 2010 he addressed an event commemorating Alabama's Secession Day where he told an interviewer that it was Alabama's “constitutional right to secede,” and that “Jefferson Davis and John C. Calhoun understood the Constitution better than did Abraham Lincoln and Daniel Webster.” In April, 2010, he was disinvited from a Tea Party rally in Wausau, Wisconsin, because of these statements and appearances. Eidsmoe said in 2011 that he deeply despises racism, but that he will "speak to anyone.”
Congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has described Eidsmoe as "one of the professors who had a great influence on me", "a wonderful man", and "absolutely brilliant." She worked for him while a law student at Oral Roberts as a research assistant on Christianity and the Constitution. In 2011, he said he felt Bachmann's views were in agreement with those taught at ORU and expressed in his book that she worked on.
- Lizza, Ryan, "Leap of Faith: The making of a Republican front-runner", New Yorker magazine, August 15, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-11.
- Speakers Bureau - John Eidsmoe
- John Eidsmoe website
- Eidsmoe, John (1987). Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers. USA: Baker Academic. ISBN 0801052319.
- "Tea Party drops speaker for alleged ties", The Badger Herald.
- Taibbi, Matt, (July 7, 2011). "Michele Bachmann's Holy War". Rolling Stone magazine.
- Foundation For Moral Law - John Eidsmoe