Report of the Georgetown Symposium on Proselytism & Religious Freedom in the 21st Century
March 3, 2010
Do religious individuals and groups possess a right to share their beliefs with others in the hope that those beliefs will be embraced? On the other hand, do religious groups have a right to defend their respective identities against efforts to convert their adherents? And what role does the state have in all of this? Can the law limit missionary activities? These debates are related to critical questions of identity, truth, religious obligation, and community and are increasingly controversial in a globalized world.
On March 3, 2010, the Berkley Center's Program on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy sponsored a day-long conference on "Proselytism and Religious Freedom in the 21st Century," in which scholars and policy makers debated these issues. This report summarizes answers to these questionsissues that will have enormous implications for American interests, justice, and world peace in the 21st century.