Religious Freedom and Human Flourishing


The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE) is pleased to announce that Luke Goodrich has 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. As one of thirteen contributing scholars, Goodrich will provide a chapter to a book that will explore 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.

Luke Goodrich is vice president and senior counsel at Becket, a law firm dedicated to protecting religious liberty for all. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Utah Law School. Goodrich has won precedent-setting religious-freedom cases in multiple courts, and he helped represent the winning parties in four Supreme Court cases: Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell (2016), Holt v. Hobbs (2014), Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014), and Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC (2012). He holds a B.A. from Wheaton College and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Goodrich’s contribution to 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.

IFWE executive director Hugh Whelchel indicated that more educational material and marketing will be needed to help the IFWE project reach 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?