March 2, 2010
Proselytism and Religious Freedom in the 21st Century
In the context of a globalizing world marked by the freer flow of people and ideas, proselytism has become increasingly controversial. On March 3, 2010, the Berkley Center sponsored a day-long symposium on proselytism and religious freedom in the 21st century. Experts from a variety of scholarly and policy fields investigated the theological, legal, and political implications of the missionary impulse.
>> Tom Farr video blog on proselytism
>> Report on the conference
8:30 am - 8:55 am: Light breakfast available
9:00 am: Welcome: Thomas Banchoff
, Director, Berkley Center
9:05 am - 10:20 am: Proselytism as Religious Duty
Richard Land, Southern Baptist Convention
Imam Mohamed Magid, All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center
Randi Rashkover, George Mason University
Moderator: Timothy Samuel Shah, Boston University
10:20 - 10:30: Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm: The Political Implications of Proselytism
Salam Al-Marayati, Muslim Political Action Committee
Leah Daughtry, House of Lord Church, Washington, DC
Matthew Richards, Brigham Young University
Moderator: Eric Patterson, Berkley Center
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Buffet Lunch
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Keynote Debate: Proselytism Pros and Cons
Jose Casanova, Georgetown and the Berkley Center
Gerard V. Bradley, Notre Dame Law School
Moderator: Thomas Farr, Berkley Center
1:45 - 2:00: Break
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm: The Legal and Social Dimensions of Proselytism
Robert Woodberry, University of Texas
Roger Finke, Penn State
Angela Wu, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Moderator: Allen Hertzke, University of Oklahoma
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Thomas F. Farr is Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. A former American diplomat and leading authority on international religious freedom, Farr has published widely, including "Diplomacy in an Age of Faith" in Foreign Affairs
(March/April 2008), and World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security
(Oxford University Press, 2008). Farr received his BA in history from Mercer University, and his Ph.D. in modern British and European history from the University of North Carolina.
Salam Al-Marayati is the executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. He is a frequent public speaker on Islamic and interfaith issues, as well as democracy, human rights, and conflict in the Middle East, Balkans, and Transcaucasia,...
Gerard V. Bradley, a noted scholar in the fields of constitutional law as well as law and religion, joined the faculty of the Notre Dame Law School as professor in 1992, having taught at the University of Illinois from 1983 to 1992. With Professor...
José Casanova is one of the world's top scholars in the sociology of religion. He is a professor at the Department of Sociology at Georgetown University, and heads the Berkley Center's Program on Globalization, Religion and the Secular. He has...
Reverend Leah Daughtry is the pastor of the House of the Lord Church in Washington, DC, and has been a key leader in the Democratic Party's burgeoning outreach to faith communities, a fact recognized in 2006 when Religion News Service named her...
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Thomas F. Farr is Director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a Visiting Associate Professor of Religion and International Affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A....
Roger Finke is a Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He received his PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle. His research interests include Sociology of Religion, Organizations, Comparative...
Allen Hertzke is Presidential Professor of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. He has written extensively on religious advocacy in politics, and in particular faith-motivated activism in foreign policy. He is the author of Freeing God...
Richard Land is the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary since July 2013, a position he assumed after serving as president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission from 1988 until July 2013. Land has also...
Imam Mohamed Magid serves as the Imam and Executive Director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center in Sterling, VA, and he currently serves as the president of the Islamic Society of North America. He is also chairman of the Fairfax...
Eric Patterson, PhD is Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. He also serves as Dean of the School of Government at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. His research and teaching focuses on...
Randi L. Rashkover is an assistant professor in the religious studies department of George Mason University whose areas of interest include Jewish philosophy, Jewish-Christian theological relations, and Jewish feminist thought. She previously...
Matthew Richards is an attorney and shareholder with Kirton & McConkie, working in the Constitutional, Religious, & Appellate Practice Section. He has experience advising and litigating on regulatory compliance, electronic discovery and records...
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...
Robert Woodberry is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Singapore. Woodberry is also director of the Project on Religion and Economic Change (PREC). His research analyzes the long-term roots of education, mass...
Angela Wu is the International Law Director of the Becket Fund. She has worked on cases before UN tribunals, the US Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and domestic courts in numerous countries. She serves on the governing Bureau of...