The Problem and Promise of Proselytism in the New Democratic World Order

Project Description

An empirical and normative study of the new war for souls breaking out in various new democracies of the world between and among indigenous faiths and foreign proselytizing faiths.

Project Accomplishments
  • Regional Conferences in Atlanta (1995, 1997), Oxford, (1995-1997), Mexico City (1995), Budapest (1995), Dakar (1996), Cape Town (1996),  Dresden (1996), Moscow (1997), Princeton (1997)

The Pew Charitable Trusts, Inc. (with co-sponsorship from Keston Institute, Oxford and Department of Latin American Studies, Princeton University)

CSLR Participants
Other Participants
  • Denise M. Ackermann, University of Western Cape
  • Edward P. Antonio, Iliff School of Theology
  • Donna E. Arzt, Syracuse University
  • Tshikala K. Biaya, University of Laval, Canada
  • James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress
  • Michael Bourdeaux, Keston Institute, Oxford
  • Chabha Bouslimani, Algeria
  • Danie Brand, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Ion Bria, University of Sibiu, Romania
  • Philip Brumley, Jehovah's Witnesses World Headquarters, New York
  • Elizabeth E. Brusco, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma
  • Roderic Ai Camp, Harvey Mudd College
  • Alfred W. Chanda, University of Zambia
  • Edward L. Cleary, OP, Providence College
  • Emil Robert Cohen, Tolerance Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Margaret E. Crahan, Hunter College
  • Frances M. Deng, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
  • Abdul Rahman I. Doi, Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa
  • Lourens M. du Plessis, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • W. Cole Durham, Jr., Brigham Young University
  • Anita Dyneka, Russian Ministries, Inc., Wheaton
  • Mark Elliott, Wheaton College
  • Farid Esack, University of Western Cape, South Africa
  • Sergei Filatov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
  • Tamás Földesi, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest
  • Magdalena Forga_ova, Comenius University, Slovakia
  • Kathryn M. Frost, University of Texas, Austin
  • Anthony Gill, University of Washington
  • Amanda Gouws, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Halina Grzymala-Moszczy_ska, Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • Rosalind J. Hackett, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Jocelyn Hellig, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Christof Heyns, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Paul R. Hinlicky, Roanoke College
  • H. Murray Hofmeyer, University of Venda, South Africa
  • Lauren B. Homer, Law and Liberty Trust, Vienna
  • W. Glenn How, General Counsel, Jehovah's Witnesses, New York
  • Krassimir Kanev, Bulgarian Helsinki Committee
  • Firuz Kazemzadeh, Yale University
  • Hannah W. Kinoti, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Metropolitan Kirill, Moscow Patriarchate of Russian Orthodox Church
  • Jeffrey Klaiber, SJ, Catholic University of Peru
  • Mikhail M. Kulakov, Russian Division, Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  • Natan Lerner, University of Tel Aviv
  • Jolanta Babuich-Luxmoore, Warsaw
  • Jonathan Luxmoore, Warsaw
  • J. Paul Martin, Columbia University
  • Julie Mertus, Ohio Northern University
  • José Míguez Bonino, Buenos Aires
  • Norman K. Miles, Seventh Day Adventist Church Headquarters
  • Pedro C. Moreno, The Rutherford Institute
  • Paul J. Mojzes, Rosemont College
  • James Muldoon, Rutgers University
  • Joshua Bheki Mzizi, University of Swaziland
  • Thillayvel Naidoo, University of Durban, South Africa
  • Joel A. Nichols, Emory University
  • Dallin H. Oaks, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Salt Lake City
  • G.C. Oosthuizen, University of Durban, South Africa
  • Martín Poblete, Columbia University
  • Earl A. Pope, Lafayette College
  • Martin Prozesky, University of Natal, South Africa
  • Radmila Radic Institute of Recent History of Serbia, Belgrade
  • Graeme C. Reid, South Africa
  • Willem A. Saayman, University of South Africa
  • Lamin Sanneh, Yale University
  • Aleksandr Shchipkov, St. Petersburg University, Russia
  • Kenneth P. Serbin, University of San Diego
  • Paul E. Sigmund, Princeton University
  • John H. Sinclair, World Council of Churches
  • David A. Smilde, Universidad Central de Venezuala
  • Marjan Smrke, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Benjamin F. Soares, University of Chicago
  • José Luis Soberanes Fernández, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Max L. Stackhouse, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Timothy J. Steigenga, Colby College
  • Andrew Stein, Tennesse Technological University
  • Linford Stutzman, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg
  • Yuriy Tabak, St. Andrew's Biblical Theological College, Moscow, Russia
  • M. Thomas Thangaraj, Emory University
  • Buti Tlhagale, Catholic Bishops Conference, South Africa
  • Jozef Cardinal Tomko, Congregation of the Faithful, The Vatican
  • Lawrence A. Uzell, Keston Institute, Oxford
  • Louis H. van Loon, Durban, South Africa
  • Lyudmila Vorontsova, Sergiev Posad State Museum, Russia
  • Philip Walters, Keston Institute, Oxford
  • Lance B. Wickman, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Salt Lake City
  • Harry Winter, OMI, Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples, The Vatican

Project Publications

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"Antisemitism in Sub-Saharan Africa with a Focus on South Africa," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 14 (2000): 1197-1248 Jocelyn Hellig
"Assessing the Outcome of Proselytization: Missionaries Among Moshesh's Sotho in Nineteenth Century Southern Africa," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 14 (2000): 879-908 J. Paul Martin
"Buddhism in South Africa: Its Past History, Present Status, and Likely Future," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 14 (2000): 1285-1303 Louis H. Van Loon
"Caesar's Sword: The 1997 Law of Russian Federation on the Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 12 (1998): 43-99 T Jeremy Gunn
"Challenges of Proselytization in Contemporary Swaziland," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 14 (2000): 909-936 Joshua Bheki Mzizi
"Christian Mission and Colonialism in Southern Africa and African Responses: Some Case Studies," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 14 (2000): 1029-1088 H. Murray Hofmeyr
"The Constitutional Protection of Religious Human Rights in Southern Africa," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 14 (2000): 699-777 Christof Heyns, Danie Brand
"Ecumenism, Religious Freedom, and the 'National Church' Controversy in Romania," Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 36 (1999): 184-201 Earl A. Pope
"Faith and (In)Tolerance of Minority Religions: A Comparative Analysis of Romania, Ukraine, and Poland," Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Vol. 36 (1999): 65-79 Julie Mertus, Kathryn Minyard Frost
"Human Rights and Proselytizing in Zambia," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 14 (2000): 977-1028 Alfred W. Chanda
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In Their Own Words

"We need to develop ways to teach families to talk about their individual and shared past together in ways that facilitate adolescent self-understanding and self-esteem. We need to teach families to talk about their negative experiences and their negative emotions in ways that help adolescents learn to manage and regulate their negative affect, rather than to act out on it. These are not difficult concepts; if we can help families to collaboratively construct narratives then we can help families buffer adolescents from the stress and storm of adolescence and help these adolescents to form healthy adult identities. Families build resilience through building stories."

–Robyn L. Fivush