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Christianityandfreedom

December 14, 2012

Inaugural Symposium: Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Political turbulence in the Middle East poses a grave threat to some of the oldest and most vibrant Christian communities in the world. Within the West, debates about the roots of freedom have often sidestepped the contributions of Christians and Christian ideas. Against this backdrop, the Religious Freedom Project launched a major initiative on "Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives," a two-year exploration of Christianity’s contributions to the construction and diffusion of freedom in its political, religious, and economic dimensions, in interaction with other religious traditions and secular ideas and institutions.
The morning panel explored historical contributions of Christianity to the development of freedom, from the early church to the rise of liberal democracies. The second panel explored the current contributions of Christian minorities to the development of freedom in their societies, as well as the persecution they often face.

Schedule

10:00am - 12:00pm: Historical Perspectives

Participants: David Little, Timothy Shah (moderator), Robert Wilken, Robert Woodberry

12:00 - 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30 - 2:30pm: Contemporary Perspectives


Participants: Yvonne Haddad, Allen Hertzke (moderator), Mariz Tadros, Kurt Werthmuller

Participants

Yvonne Haddad

Yvonne Haddad

Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad is a Professor of the History of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Haddad's fields of expertise include...
Allen Hertzke

Allen Hertzke

Allen Hertzke is Co-Chair of the “Christianity and Freedom” initiative’s Steering Committee and the David Ross Boyd Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He is one of America’s most distinguished scholars of religion and...
David Little

David Little

David Little, a Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center, is a leading authority on the history of religious freedom, ethics and human rights, and religion and conflict resolution. Little retired in 2009 as T.J. Dermot Dunphy...
Timothy Shah

Timothy Shah

Timothy Samuel Shah is associate director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and visiting assistant professor in the Government Department, Georgetown University. He is a political...
Mariz Tadros

Mariz Tadros

Mariz Tadros is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She is a political scientist specializing in the politics and human development of the Middle East, with a focus on democratization, Islamist...
Kurt Werthmuller

Kurt Werthmuller

Kurt Werthmuller is an Adjunct Fellow at the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom where he researches trends in the status of religious minorities in the Middle East, especially in the Arab world. He is also an Adjunct Professor of...
Robert Louis Wilken

Robert Louis Wilken

Robert Louis Wilken is an Emeritus William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia and a Distinguished Fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Wilken is a highly distinguished scholar of...
Robert Woodberry

Robert Woodberry

Robert Woodberry is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Project on Religion and Economic Change (PREC) at the National University of Singapore. Woodberry is a sociologist specializing in the impact of religion on...