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The Socio-Economic Benefits of Religious Freedom

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Tuesday 3rd February 2015

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The Positive Case: Religious Freedom is Good for Society, Business and the Poor

The Socio-Economic Benefits of Religious Freedom

Where: St Mary's University, Twickenham, Shannon Suite When: Tuesday 3rd February, 2015, 6pm drinks reception with lecture at 6.30pm About Speaker: Brian J. Grim, Ph. D., is President of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation and a leading expert on international religious demography and the socioeconomic impact of restrictions on religious freedom. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s council on the role of faith and an advisor for the religion and geopolitics project of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. He is an associate scholar at the Religious Liberty Project at Georgetown University and an affiliated scholar at Boston University’s Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs. Contact: For more information or to register your attendance please contact siobhan.cockrill@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 4018. Abstract: As the world navigates away from years of poor economic performance – disproportionately affecting the poor and vulnerable – religious freedom may be an unrecognized asset. According to a 2014 study published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, religious freedom is one of three factors significantly associated with global economic growth. The same study finds a positive relationship between religious freedom and 10 of the 12 pillars of global competitiveness, as measured by the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index.
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Date:
Tuesday 3rd February 2015

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For more information about this event please email conferences@stmarys.ac.uk or call 020 8240 8219.

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