The Nature and Basis of Freedom of Religion and Conscience


Robert P. George

July 30, 2014  |  AWC Family Foundation Lecture Series


Although both liberals and conservatives claim to be defenders of religious liberty, their deep differences of thought on the nature of liberty and the rights of conscience have increased the opposition between them in courtrooms and legislative chambers. The ideas of two influential 19th-century British thinkers, John Stuart Mill and John Henry Newman, as well as the ideas of the American founders and the great French commentator on American Democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville, illuminate these philosophical differences and their implications for contemporary issues.

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