What do Hobby Lobby, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Wheaton College, World Vision, the Little Sisters of the Poor, and the University of Notre Dame have in common?
All are faith-based organizations that have faced pressure to act in ways contrary to their religious beliefs.
In this book, two policy experts show how faith-based groups--those active in the educational, healthcare, international aid and development, and social service fields--can defend their ability to follow their religiously based beliefs without having to jettison the very faith and faith-based practices that led them to provide services to those in need.
They present a pluralist vision for religious freedom for faith-based organizations of all religious traditions. The book includes case studies that document the challenges faith-based organizations face to freely follow the practices of their religious traditions and analyzes these threats as originating in a common, yet erroneous, set of assumptions and attitudes prevalent in American society.
The book also includes responses by diverse voices--an Orthodox Jew, a Roman Catholic, two evangelicals, two Islamic leaders, and an unbeliever who is a religious-freedom advocate--underscoring the importance of religious freedom for faith-based organizations.
Free To Serve Wins Recognition
The books has recently been honored by Christianity Today magazine with the "award of merit" in the category top 2015 Christian books on Politics and Public Life. Carlson-Thies and Monsma were also featured in an October interview by Christianity Today.
The book is written especially for the staff and boards of faith-based service organizations but will help lawmakers and citizens understand the legal developments that threaten the ability of faith-based organizations to do their faith-inspired good works while also pointing to a way forward for our increasingly diverse society.
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