Who We Are

"Under Caesar's Sword" is a joint initiative between the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, the Religious Freedom Institute, and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. The project is funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

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The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture believes that the truth that the Church affirms about the human person is the foundation for freedom, justice, human dignity, and the common good. Its mission is to share the richness of the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition through teaching, research, and dialogue, at the highest level and across a range of disciplines. In so doing, it strengthens Notre Dame's Catholic character on campus and brings the university's voice into the public discussion of the most vital issues of our day. As a traditions-based center committed to our Catholic intellectual heritage, the Center welcomes engagement and dialogue with all moral traditions as it grapples with the most pressing and complex questions of ethics, culture, and public policy today. For more information about the Center's programs, events, research, and public policy initiatives, visit its website at http://ethicscenter.nd.edu/.

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The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) is committed to achieving broad acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security. It will achieve this goal by convincing stakeholders in select regions that religious freedom can help them achieve their own goals—political, economic, strategic, and religious. Through developing a presence in the region and building coalitions, RFI works to improve the understanding and application of religious freedom by governments, civil society, religious communities, businesses, and the general public. For more information about RFI and its work visit its website at http://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/

The Religious Freedom Research Project (RFRP) is the nation's only university-based research program devoted exclusively to the analysis of religious freedom, a basic human right restricted in many parts of the world. The RFRP brings together leading scholars and policymakers to examine and debate the evolution of international religious freedom policy and the contributions of religious liberty to the global common good. The project is made possible by the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation, the Bradley Foundation, and a partnership with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. For more information about the RFRP's research, teaching, publications, conferences, and workshops, visit its website at https://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/projects/religious-freedom-research-project