Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion Welcomes Guest Lecturer

March 2, 2012

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Stephen V. Monsma, Ph.D., senior research fellow at the Paul B. Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College, will present "Do We Truly Believe in Pluralism and Diversity? Faith-Based Organizations' Religious Freedom Rights" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Kayser Auditorium of the Baylor Hankamer School of Business, 1428 S. Fifth St.

The lecture, hosted by the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, will discuss why faith-based organizations providing health, education and social services to the community are facing growing legal pressure to secularize their practices. Monsma will argue why Catholic and evangelical Protestant world views protect religious freedom of faith-based organizations, hence pluralism and diversity, better than secular world views.

Monsma is a professor emeritus of political science at Pepperdine University and has been a member of the Michigan state Senate and House of Representatives. He has published several books, including "The Disappearing God Gap? Religion in the 2008 Election" and "The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Democracies."

The lecture is free and open to the public.

About Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions.

For more information visit the Institute for Studies of Religion.

by Carmen Galvan, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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