Religious Freedom and Human Flourishing


The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE) is pleased to announce the twelve scholars who have been selected to join the “Moral Foundations of Freedom and Human Flourishing” book project, an IFWE initiative that is funded in part by The John Templeton Foundation. The scholars selected will be contributing to a book exploring the biblical roots and history of religious freedom and how Christians can become more engaged in preserving it―not just for Christians but for people of all faiths. The book will also explore the relationship between religious freedom, economic freedom, and political freedom. It is scheduled for release in the fall of 2019 by Abilene Christian University Press.

The scholars who will contribute to the book are:

  • Os Guinness, author, Last Call for Liberty
  • Daniel Dreisbach, professor, American University, and author, Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers
  • Stanley Carlson-Thies, founder and senior director, Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance
  • Mark David Hall, Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics and faculty fellow in the William Penn Honors Program, George Fox University
  • David Kotter, dean of the School of Theology, Colorado Christian University
  • Jennifer Marshall, vice president, Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, The Heritage Foundation
  • Wesley Smith, senior fellow, Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism
  • Scott Redd, president and associate professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Washington, D.C.
  • Greg Wallace, professor of law, Campbell University School of Law
  • Barrett Duke, executive director, Montana Southern Baptist Convention
  • Anne R. Bradley, vice president of economic initiatives, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics
  • Art Lindsley, vice president of theological initiatives, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

The IFWE book on religious freedom will target the next generation through Christian colleges and universities, as well as current thought leaders and policy makers. Keying off research shared in the book, IFWE executive director Hugh Whelchel will write a smaller book for a mainstream audience to help equip and engage all Christians to make a difference in the area of religious freedom.

Whelchel says that more educational material and marketing will be needed to get this message to a larger audience of Christians in schools, churches, and in the marketplace. “Please keep this religious freedom project in prayer and consider joining us in this effort financially. Our prayer is that Christians would grasp the biblical roots of religious freedom and see how religious freedom is a prerequisite for human flourishing; where it doesn’t exist or is threatened, economic and political progress and freedoms have difficulty taking root.”

Please prayerfully consider making an end-of-year contribution toward the work of IFWE and this religious freedom project today.

Why does religious freedom matter for faith, work, and flourishing?