New Release: Homo Religiosus? Co-Edited by Timothy Shah

May 24, 2018

Timothy Shah, Director of the Religious Freedom Institute’s South and Southeast Asia Action Team has released a new co-edited book: Homo Religiosus: Exploring the Roots of Religion and Religious Freedom in Human Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

The book explores the question of whether religion is natural to human beings. Despite a whole host of disagreement in the book, all of the contributors share the view that religious freedom and religion is important to human beings and societies and there is good reason to ensure its protection. 

There is a strong point of agreement, 100% consensus that religious freedom is a value. […] But whatever the disagreement is about the foundations, there is strong consensus about the value of religious freedom to individuals and societies. 
— Timothy Shah

To learn more about the book, watch the below video produced by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where Professor Shah is Director of International Research for the Religious Freedom Research Project. 

Homo Religiosus? Exploring the Roots of Religion and Religious Freedom in Human Experience
Editors: Timothy Shah and Jack Friedman
Contributors: Jack Friedman, Timothy Samuel Shah, Christian Smith, Phil Zuckerman, Justin L. Barrett, Richard Sosis, Jordan Kiper, Alvin Plantinga, Ernest Sosa, Linda K. George, Jeff Levin, Nicholas Wolterstorff, Christopher Tollefsen, Stephen Macedo