Here Joe Loconte and I reflect on 75 years since WWII ended with the September 2, 1945 Tokyo Bay surrender ceremony. Due to the pandemic, WWII commemorations have sadly been minimal. Yet there’s never been a time when Americans more needed to reflect on their nation’s decisive role then and now in preserving a world where democracy can survive. Christians should ponder the triumph of Protestant-shaped Anglo-American democratic civilization over ethically pagan dictatorships. What role does Christianity have today in preserving lawful societies premised on human dignity against authoritarianism?

Loconte is Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He’s also a Senior Fellow in Christianity and Culture at The King’s College in New York City. And he’s author of the New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918.

Enjoy our conversation!