Religion and Open Society Symposium

Staff: Walter Russell Mead, Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, and Timothy Samuel Shah, Former Adjunct Senior Fellow for Religion and Foreign Policy
March 25, 2008 - New York, NY

This symposium addressed how different forms of Christianity and Islam may have helped (and sometimes hindered) the development of free and open societies – not just in the narrow sense of democratic government but in the broader sense of openness to progress, innovation, an entrepreneurial spirit in economics, and a competitive marketplace of ideas. Directed by Walter Russell Mead and Timothy Shah, this symposium explored how both Christianity and Islam may foster freedom-friendly dynamism, but also considered powerful arguments that religion is essentially antithetical to freedom and the open society.

This is the third symposium in the Religion and Foreign Policy Symposia Series made possible by the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

 

Summary Report of Symposium: Downloadable PDF

Meetings

Symposium ⁄ New York

Religion and Open Society Symposium - Session III

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Symposium ⁄ New York

Religion and Open Society Symposium - Session I

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Symposium ⁄ New York

Religion and Open Society Symposium - Session II

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