Religious Freedom and the Vicissitudes of Power

By: Peter Berger

In early October I attended an exceedingly interesting conference about religious freedom at Georgetown University in Washington, presided over by Tom Farr and Timothy Shah of the Berkley Center. I gave the keynote address dealing with the relationship of pluralism and religious freedom, based on the theory of pluralism I developed in my recent book The Many Altars of Modernity (2014)(Over the years I acquired a deep appreciation of African wit and wisdom, so I feel free to quote my favorite Zulu proverb, “if I don’t beat my drum, who will?") The focus of the conference was on the place of religious freedom in the foreign policy of Western democracies, notably the United States and the United Kingdom.

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