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Religious Freedom

EPISODE: 40

Religious

Freedom

with Robert Wilken

Religious Freedom

It’s often said that it was the intolerance of Christians, from the apostle Paul to the Renaissance Popes, that led to the Enlightenment’s secular cry for “freedom of religion” – and even freedom from religion.

Religion fosters bigotry and violence toward difference. Enlightened secular thought fosters peace and pluralism. Right?

But did you know there are religious origins to religious freedom?

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Meet our guest

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Robert Louis Wilken 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 the Institute on Religion and Public Life, the publisher of First Things. Among his numerous publications are The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity (2013), The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God (2003), The Christians as the Romans Saw Them (1984/2003), and Remembering the Christian Past (1995). He has taught at Fordham University, the University of Notre Dame, the Institutum Patristicum (Augustinianum) in Rome, the Gregorian University in Rome, and Providence College. 

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