Thomas Farr

Tom Farr is president of the Religious Freedom Institute, a non-governmental organization working to achieve worldwide acceptance of religious freedom. Farr served in the US Army and US Foreign Service for 28 years. He has spent the last two decades advocating for religious liberty, including as founding director of the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom and from 2008–18 as an associate professor of the practice of religion and international affairs at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and also as director of Georgetown’s Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center. Farr is a senior fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion and a consultant to the US Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace. Arguments from his 2008 book World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Freedom is Vital to American National Security (Oxford University Press) have shaped US religious freedom legislation and foreign policy. He is also a contributing editor of Providence.
Christian Reasons Religious Liberty
Christian Reasons for Religious Liberty

At Providence’s Christianity and National Security Conference in November 2019 at the Army Navy Club in Washington, DC, Thomas Farr…

Why Should Christians Support International Religious Freedom?
Why Should Christians Support International Religious Freedom?

The most profound and powerful reasons for religious freedom are Christian reasons, and they extend not only to Christians but to all people. In my view this means that there is also a deep theological warrant for international religious freedom.