Religious Freedom and Human Flourishing


The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE) is pleased to announce that Greg Wallace 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, Wallace 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.

As a professor of law at Campbell University School of Law, Wallace teaches constitutional law with an emphasis on religious freedom and the right to arms. He holds LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from the University of Virginia School of Law, a J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas (Little Rock) School of Law, and an M.A. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Professor Wallace’s doctoral dissertation is entitled “Higher Call: Foundations of Religious Freedom in American Constitutionalism.” He has taught on religious freedom at law schools in China and South Korea and was a discussant at the Federalist Society/Templeton Foundation 2016 colloquium on The Past and Future of Free Exercise. Wallace has published several academic articles on religious freedom, the right to arms, and cultural issues involving law and religion.

Wallace’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?