The Religious Freedom Project: Religious Liberty, Democracy, and Societal Flourishing in Theory and Practice

47 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2014  

Daniel Philpott

University of Notre Dame

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This paper defends religious freedom as a universal human right through addressing the criticisms of the "New Critics."

Religious freedom has been drawn into today’s culture wars. While historically, religious freedom has been a foundational right both in liberal democracies and in international law, today, in Western Europe, Canada, the United States, Australasia, and increasingly Latin America, critics are calling the principle into question. They have advocated narrowing the scope of religious freedom in unprecedented ways. They take issue with efforts to export religious freedom to countries that lack it. Some are even asking why religious freedom is so special that it merits a right of its own and calling for it to be discontinued and folded into other freedoms like speech, assembly, and expression.

Keywords: religious freedom

Suggested Citation

Philpott, Daniel, The Religious Freedom Project: Religious Liberty, Democracy, and Societal Flourishing in Theory and Practice (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2451897

Daniel Philpott (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN New South Wales 46556-5646
United States

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