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All Religion and a Free Society Publications
Religious liberty has become a more contentious issue in today’s globalised world.
Book Review: The Price of Freedom Denied: Religious Persecution and Conflict in the Twenty-First Century
The High Price of Heaven: A Book about the Enemies of Pleasure and Freedom by David Marr (Allen & Unwin, 1999.)
Christian Theology and Market Economics by Ian Harper and Saumel Gregg (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008).
Attempts to create interpersonal tolerance undermine state toleration, writes John Shellard.
Religions and their followers should receive no special protection from spoken hostility.
Does Christianity destroy or defend freedom? Answering this question, Fr Robert A. Sirico turns to the foundations of Christianity.
Leonie Phillips talks with Ayaan Hirsi Ali about Islam and liberalism.
Equality of persons is a stronger foundation for freedom of speech than fallibility of knowledge argues.
Freedom of speech should cede nothing to religious sensibilities.
Religious believers should make secular arguments.
Religious beliefs can guide politicians while preserving the separation of church and state.
Religious vilification laws are diminishing freedom of speech.
Dangerous Protections: How Some Ways of Protecting the Freedom of Religion May Actually Diminish Religious Freedom.
Tocqueville: A Biography by Andre Jardin (John Hopkins University Press, 1998.)
Ego and Soul: The Modern West in Search of Meaning by John Carroll (HarperCollins, 1998.)
The Political Economy of Freedom is an eloquent discussion of the importance of a diffusion of power in maintaining freedom.
In this CIS Occasional Paper, Robert Sirico defends the institutions of the free and open society from a Christian standpoint.