Baptist Contributions to Religious Freedom: A Conversation with Rick Warren, Ken Starr, and Russell Moore

March 4, 2015

On March 4, 2015, the Religious Freedom Project, in partnership with Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion, hosted a conversation featuring three renowned American evangelical leaders from the Baptist tradition: Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church and best-selling author; Judge Ken Starr, president and chancellor of Baylor University and former solicitor general of the United States; and Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

Drawing upon their decades of experience serving faith and academic communities, the three engaged in a spirited discussion of the Baptist tradition and its influence on the American system of religious liberty. The conversation ranged widely, addressing the participation of Baptists in civil society, their leading roles in local and national government, their influence on U.S. international religious freedom policy, and, perhaps most importantly, the powerful Baptist theological arguments for universal religious liberty.

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