Eric Patterson

Eric Patterson is executive vice president of the Religious Freedom Institute, scholar-at-large at Regent University, and a contributing editor to Providence. Among his books are Politics in a Religious World: Toward a Religiously Literate U.S. Foreign Policy and Ending Wars Well: Order, Justice, and Conciliation in Post-Conflict.

 

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Religious Freedom and Democracy a Decade after the Arab Spring
Religious Freedom and Democracy a Decade after the Arab Spring

Although liberty movements swept the Middle East during the Arab Spring, an assessment of citizen’s rights and liberties in 2021 is disheartening. Little has changed.

Martin Luther King, Jr. on Power and Love
Martin Luther King Jr. on Power and Love

Long after his death, Martin Luther King, Jr. continues to stir our hearts with his appeal to the nobility of every human being made in the image of God.

America’s Theological Social Contract: The Mayflower Compact
America’s Theological Social Contract: The Mayflower Compact

At a time when some challenge the morality and religious character of America’s first founders, the plain facts of the 1620 Mayflower Compact, a theologically informed social compact for believers and non-believers alike, remind us of the good seeds planted in our shared past.

Jonathan Mayhew: Colonial Pastor against Tyranny
Jonathan Mayhew: Colonial Pastor against Tyranny

Today would be the 300th birthday of colonial pastor Jonathan Mayhew—a pastor, citizen, and prophet who articulated a rationale for self-defense by British citizens in North America.

Providence Christian Realism Happy Hour

Rough Transcript Tooley: …to post that online along with a transcript. So, if you have to check out early don’t…

Eight Principles for Christian Realism
Eight Principles for Christian Realism

Followers of Christian realism generally share these eight assumptions, which can be found in the works of Reinhold Niebuhr, John C. Bennett, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and others.

Eric Patterson Explains Christian Realism

Mark Tooley interviews Eric Patterson about Christian Realism. He’s executive vice president of the Religious Freedom Institute and scholar-at-large with…

Why We Need Religious Freedom for All: An Appeal and Invitation to the Church | Review of Luke Goodrich’s Free to Believe – The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America
Why We Need Religious Freedom for All: An Appeal and Invitation to the Church | Review of Luke Goodrich’s Free to Believe

Luke Goodrich’s “Free to Believe – The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America” is desperately needed because religious freedom is poorly understood and under assault across America. If it is lost here, can it thrive anywhere else?

Why Americans Should Worry about Religious Persecution in Nigeria: A Conversation with Eric Patterson

In his interview with Mark Melton, Eric Patterson, executive vice president of the Religious Freedom Institute, speaks about religious violence,…

Violence against Nigerian Christians Risks Destabilizing West Africa
Violence against Nigerian Christians Risks Destabilizing West Africa

The violence against Nigerian Christians has recently entered a new, deadlier phase. Unless conditions on the ground change, Nigeria’s Middle Belt Christians face death or expulsion in many areas.