Journals Higher Education



Published: 07 November 2008

384 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195179958

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World of Faith and Freedom

Why International Religious Liberty Is Vital to American National Security

Thomas F. Farr

In this engaging insider account, Farr shows that religious freedom, the freedom to practice one's own religion without fear or interference, is an essential prerequisite for a democratic society. If the U.S. wants to foster democracy, he says, it must focus on fostering religious liberty. But our foreign policy favors an aggressive secularism that is at odds with religious liberty and that is particularly unwelcome in Muslim societies. It is essential, says Farr, that we take an approach that recognizes the great importance of religion in people's lives.