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    Announcing Doctoral Research Fellowships

    The Religious Freedom Project is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for doctoral students researching the causes and consequences of religious freedom.
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    The End of Religion?

    On Tuesday, November 10, Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion hosted a series of speakers at the National Press Club, who debated whether religion is actually in decline in America today.

    related | Christian Post covers event

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    Farr Delivers Address in San Francisco

    RFP Director Tom Farr spoke on November 7 at a dinner sponsored by the Assyrian Aid Society of America, an organization that promotes and protects the rights of Assyrian communities in the Middle East.
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    Farr Interviewed on ISIS Persecution

    In an interview with Lancaster Online, RFP Director Tom Farr talks about how the Islamic State is threatening the very existence of deeply-rooted religious communities in the Middle East, including many Christian ones.

    related | Farr speaks at Order of Malta conference

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    Defending Religious Freedom

    On the Research on Religion podcast, RFP Associate Scholars Anthony Gill and Daniel Philpott discuss the "new critics" of religious freedom and propose methods for advancing religious freedom in US foreign policy.
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    Shah Interviewed on EWTN

    On a recent episode of EWTN's News Nightly, RFP Associate Director Timothy Shah discussed the State Department's International Religious Freedom Report and persistent religious persecution in Cuba, the Middle East, and Pakistan.

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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