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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