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    Farr on Religious Freedom Advisory Board

    GOP candidate Marco Rubio is attracting the support of Catholic and evangelical voters in New Hampshire, the site of tomorrow's primary. Voters support Rubio's Religious Freedom Advisory Board, which includes Rick Warren, Tom Farr, and others. 
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    Grim Travels to Davos for WEF Meeting

    RFP Associate Scholar Brian Grim represented the Global Agenda Council on the Role of Faith at the 46 Annual World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He discussed how faith can address global challenges related to the economy, security, and technology.
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    RFP Doctoral Research Fellowship: Deadline Approaching

    The Religious Freedom Project is sponsoring five graduate summer research fellowships for students exploring the sources, development, and consequences of religious freedom. Applications are due soon. Full guidelines are available here.
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    Religious Intolerance Plagues Saudi Arabia

    In the aftermath of the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr, RFP Associate Scholar Will Inboden warns that persistent religious intolerance in Saudi Arabia ultimately undermines American interests and further destabilizes the Middle East.

    related | column featured in Foreign Policy

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    Religion and Innovation

    Donald Yerxa's volume, Religion and Innovation: Antagonists or Partners, examines the ways that religion has contributed to advances in politics, the sciences, economics, and fine arts. It contains a chapter by RFP Associate Director Timothy Shah on the early Church fathers, and one by RFP Associate Scholar Rebecca Shah on economic empowerment in India. 
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    Christian Persecution and Martyrdom

    Kathryn Jean Lopez of the National Review covers the Under Caesar's Sword conference in Rome, which examined Christians' response to persecution around the world. 

    related | Vatican correspondent for Crux also features event

About Us

The Religious Freedom Project (RFP) is the nation's only university-based program devoted exclusively to the analysis of religious freedom, a basic human right restricted in many parts of the world. The RFP engages a team of international scholars to examine and debate the meaning and value of religious liberty; its importance for democracy; and its role in social and economic development, international diplomacy, and the struggle against violent religious extremism. The project is made possible by the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and our partnership with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.

Project Themes

Religious Liberty, Economic Freedom, and Development

Religious Liberty, Economic Freedom, and Development

The RFP's Economic Working Group focuses on the impact of religious freedom on economic freedom, political economy, and development. Our scholars are economists, development specialists, political scientists, and students of…

Religious Liberty, Political Freedom, and Democracy

Religious Liberty, Political Freedom, and Democracy

The RFP's Political Working Group focuses on the impact of religious freedom on political freedom and democracy. Our scholars are experts in areas of political science, sociology, law, diplomacy, and…

Under Caesar’s Sword

Under Caesar’s Sword

In collaboration with the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame, the RFP is engaging in a three-year global research project called "Under Caesar’s

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