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    How Christians Contributed to Freedom

    Samuel Gregg reviews the RFP's Christianity and Freedom volumes edited by Timothy Shah and Allen Hertzke, which explain how many contemporary freedoms trace their roots to the Christian church, Christian thinkers, and Christian practice.

    related | Volume I and Volume II

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    Religion and Diplomacy

    Today, RFP Associate Director Timothy Shah is moderating a panel on xenophobia and inclusion at the "Religion and Diplomacy" conference sponsored by the Berkley Center.
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    Measuring Faith: Quantifying and Examining Religion's Contributions to American Society

    On September 22, the RFP hosted an event showcasing new research by RFP Associate Scholar Brian Grim that provides the first documented, quantitative estimate of the value of faith to the United States.

    related | Grim, Faith Counts Release Study

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    Freedom on Religion and International Law

    On September 9, RFP Associate Director Timothy Shah spoke in a panel entitled "Freedom of Religion and International Law," in an International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies conference at the University of Oxford.
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    How Mother Teresa Changed Missions

    On the eve of Mother Teresa's canonization, RFP Associate Scholar Rebecca Shah explains how she inspired and changed missions in the poorest communities of India. She not only provided food and clothing, but offered human dignity to "the living, the dying, and the dead."
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    Announcing the Religious Freedom Institute

    RFP leaders Thomas Farr, Timothy Shah, and Byron Johnson are proud to announce that they are being joined by Kent Hill to create a new religious freedom organization—the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI). As a non-profit, the RFI will take the learning generated by the Berkley Center’s Religious Freedom Project and “put it on the ground” in order to advance religious freedom around the world, and to help people who are being persecuted because of their religious beliefs.  

    Research and teaching around religious liberty will continue at the Berkley Center under the auspices of the Religious Freedom Research Project (RFRP). The RFRP will continue the scholarly work of the RFP and extend its successful efforts to establish religious freedom as a field of interdisciplinary inquiry.

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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