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The Biblical Influences on Religious Freedom

January 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Museum of the Bible
400 4th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

GO HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO OF THIS EVENT (the video begins at the 14:00 minute mark)

Tickets are free for members and to students with a valid ID.Freedom of religion is a cherished American liberty, firmly codified in the nation’s Bill of Rights. But what are the origins of this concept? Join us for a lively discussion on the ways the Bible and its interpretations informed the writings and philosophies of John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Martin Luther King Jr. Each of these well-known figures were influenced by the Bible and incorporated its language into their work.


Timothy Samuel Shah, Ph.D.

Timothy Samuel Shah is Research Professor of Government
at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion; Director
for International Research at the Religious Freedom Research
Project at Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion,
Peace & World Affairs; and Senior Director of the South and Southeast
Asia Action Team with the Religious Freedom Institute, a new
nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Byron Johnson, Ph.D.

Byron Johnson is Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences
at Baylor University. He is the founding director of the Baylor Institute
for Studies of Religion (ISR) as well as director of the Program
on Prosocial Behavior. He is a leading authority on the scientific
study of religion, the efficacy of faith-based organizations, and criminal
 justice. Johnson’s recent publications have examined the impact of
 faith-based programs on recidivism reduction and prisoner reentry.

Jacqueline C. Rivers, Ph.D.

Jacqueline C. Rivers is currently a lecturer at Harvard University.
She is the Executive Director and Senior Fellow for Social Science
and Policy of the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies.
She has presented at Princeton University, the University of Notre Dame,
the University of Pennsylvania, the American Enterprise Institute, the
Vatican, the United Nations and in several other venues.

Robert Louis Wilken, Ph.D.

Robert Louis Wilken is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor Emeritus of the
History of Christianity at the University of Virginia. He is an elected fellow
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, past president of the American
Academy of Religion, the North American Patristics Society, and the Academy
of Catholic Theology. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Institute
on Religion and Public Life, the publisher of First Things.