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About J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies

Located at Baylor University since 1957, the J.M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies is dedicated to the support, study, and research of church-state relations. The Dawson Institute does this by hosting lectures, symposia, and meetings. The J.M. Dawson Institute also cooperates readily with other Baylor entities such as the Baylor Department of Religion, The Journal of and Church & State, the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society, and the Baptist Studies Center for Research.

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WACO, Texas (April 2, 2019) – Baylor University is mourning the passing of James E. Wood Jr., Ph.D., a world-renowned expert on religious liberty and church-state and inaugural director of Baylor University’s J.M. Dawson Center for Church-State Studies. Dr. Wood died March 24 at the age of 96.
WACO, Texas (March 8, 2019) – Chief Judge Maurice Foley of the United States Tax Court in Washington, D.C., will present “His Glory, My Story” at the 2019 Dawson Wamble Spring Symposium on Tuesday, March 19.
Compared with 2006, fewer voters encountered information on parties or candidates in their house of worship. Among registered voters who attend worship services at least once a month, just 16% say election information was available, compared with 25% in 2006