By: Rebecca Samuel Shah
In honor of the canonization of Mother Teresa on September 4, 2016, RFI Senior Fellow, Rebecca Samuel Shah, wrote a powerful, personal reflection published Christianity Today. Mother Teresa's legacy in the world, her profound acts of mercy to meet the physical and material needs and the even greater spiritual needs of the least of these, has left an impact in the world and on Rebecca's own life and work in India and beyond.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/9/2/how-mother-teresa-changed-missions
By: Faizan Mustafa
Julio Riberio, former director-general of the police of Punjab, said, “Today in the 86th year, I feel threatened, not wanted, reduced to a stranger in my own country. The same category of citizens who had put their trust in me to rescue them from a force they could not comprehend have now come out of woodwork to condemn me for practising a religion that is different from theirs. I am not an Indian anymore, at least in the eyes of the proponents of Hindu Rashtra.” Many prominent members of religious minorities and liberal Hindus feel the same way today.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/19/freedom-of-religious-in-india-current-challenges
By: Aminta Arrington
I had only vague notions of religious freedom before I went to India. Of course, being in the majority makes one prone to vagueness, making visits and relationships out of one’s own powerful context an essential education. As I got into the specifics of what religious freedom means for religious minorities in India, here are a few things I learned.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/14/an-education-in-religious-freedom
By: Paul Rowe
The fifth-century City of God, written by Augustine, is a classic theological exploration of the interaction of church and state. It is often overlooked that Augustine wrote the book as a defense of Christian civil institutions in a pluralist environment. The occasion of its writing was the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in 410. Roman pagans accused Christians of bringing on the fall of Rome by undermining its martial virtues and angering the gods. In modern terms, the Christians were divisive and unpatriotic. Their practices had disturbed public order. Their proselytizing and way of life had brought on Rome’s fall.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/14/the-city-of-god-and-the-city-of-joy
By: Michael Jerryson
Too often we confuse and confound the subject of religion. In order to approach the discussion of religion, atheism, and violence, I feel the need to disturb the very distinction of atheism from religion. To highlight this need, let us briefly examine the global legacy of religion in the sub-continent that we commonly refer to as India.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/7/5/violence-and-the-categorizing-of-religion