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How to think about religious freedom

How to think about religious freedom

Nick Spencer cuts through the complexities of religion and law to give a clear and judicious overview of what is at stake.

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“But in recent years there have emerged
serious and increasing conflicts, many
reaching the courts, between supposed
religious freedoms – including freedom
of religious conscience and freedom to
associate for religious purposes – and the
expanding imperatives of new equality
laws. These conflicts are as neuralgic and
disturbing for some as they are technically
baffling to most of us.


“In this report, Nick Spencer cuts through
the complexities and offers us a wonderfully
clear and judicious overview of what is
at stake, why religious freedom is so
important to human beings and can’t be
taken for granted, and how it can be
more intelligently and fairly balanced
with the legitimate claims for
equal treatment and nondiscrimination
of which our
society is justly proud. ”


Jonathan Chaplin, Director,
Kirby Laing Institute
for Christian Ethics
 

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Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer

Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, most recently The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). Outside of Theos, Nick is Visiting Research Fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London and a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion

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