Bill J. Leonard, James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History, received the J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award at a luncheon sponsored by the Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee during the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s General Assembly meeting last week in Forth Worth, Texas.
The J.M. Dawson Religious Liberty Award was established on the 50th anniversary of the Baptist Joint Committee in 1986. This award recognizes the contributions of individuals in the area of the free exercise of religion and church-state separation such as:
- Advancement of the free exercise of religion in the U.S.
- Defense of the principle of church-state separation
- Application of personal Christian commitment to the life of the nation.
- Supporting the enactment of good law, embodying high ethical standards and equal justice for all citizens.
- Consistent commitment to the Biblical witness to freedom of conscience under God and the dignity of the individual.
- Defense of the rights of all citizens with no prejudice of belief or non-belief.
- Emulating character and spirituality which is consistent with the Christian truth evidenced in Jesus Christ.
You can see photos, watch Bill Leonard’s keynote address, or read the address on the Baptist Joint Committee’s website. The Baptist Standard has the full story here. You can also read coverage from Baptists Today and the Associated Baptist Press.
In 2011, James M. Dunn, Resident Professor of Christianity and Public Policy, received the prestigious award.
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