Campion College president-elect speaks on religion and freedom


Campion College president-elect Dr Ryan Messmore
Dr Ryan Messmore.

In the wake of the religious riots in Sydney recently, the 2012 Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) Acton Lecture on religion and freedom is timely.

Campion College president-elect Dr Ryan Messmore is to deliver the 2012 Acton Lecture - titled: ‘What Kind of Religion Is Free in the Public Square? A Warning From the States’ - on Tuesday 23 October at Mary MacKillop Place North Sydney from 6pm to 7:30pm.

Western society values and protects religious liberty.

Religion still plays a pivotal role in the private sphere but appears to be less prominent and less readily accepted in the public realm. Is it possible that today’s public square will only tolerate weaker, more marginal forms of religion?

Is public religion relevant? If so, what might the implications be for government and social institutions?

Bridging his experience in theology and public policy, Dr Messmore will offer a pertinent warning about threats to a free and just society that are eroding the once-held authority of religious institutions and edging them out of the public square.

Book for this event at the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) website

Dr Ryan Messmore is president-elect of Campion College, Australia’s only tertiary liberal arts college. For the past six years he served at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. as a research fellow in religion and civil society.

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