Liberalism

The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of American Fatigue
The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of American Fatigue

A buzzword in the foreign policy world right now is fatigue. But according to the well-respected Chicago Council on Global Affairs Survey, 69 percent of Americans support the US taking an active role in world affairs.

A Protestant Critique of Protestants Who Defend Liberalism
A Protestant Critique of Protestants Who Defend Liberalism

If we are going to get anywhere in this debate about liberalism, we should take on the strongest arguments from our opponents and not their weakest or most caricatured. While I do not think Christians should see liberal democracy as the enemy, I do think its critics often have a point.

The Disjunction of Liberal Theory and Liberal Polities
The Disjunction of Liberal Theory and Liberal Polities

The confounding of contentious liberal theories with actual concrete polities stems from the assumption that liberal democratic states are somehow the product of liberal theories.

Not an Augustinian Liberal, but a Liberal Augustinian
Not an Augustinian Liberal, but a Liberal Augustinian

From a liberal Augustinian perspective, Christians should affirm several liberal institutions, such as the separation of church and state, religious tolerance, and a number of individual rights. Beyond that, it’s over to the considerations of wisdom. And democracy, best I can tell, remains the best of the worst.

Bringing the Apocalypse to Drag Queen Story Hour
Bringing the Apocalypse to Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag queen story hour (DQSH) occupied the debate between David French and Sohrab Ahmari. So how should Christians respond?

Conservatives Clash on the Goal of Government - Sohrab Ahmari - David French Debate - Catholic University of America - September 5, 2019
Conservatives Clash on the Goal of Government

A number of friends and I find ourselves unable to commit fully to either side in the Sohrab Ahmari-David French debate. Here are three reasons why.

Looking for Common Ground on the Right
Looking for Common Ground on the Right

There are two different conversations going on simultaneously from the right. One is an argument directed outward, toward the progressive left and “globalists.” The other is an argument directed inward, within the right, between nationalists and conservatives.

Augustine of Hippo, Christian Democrat

If this symposium (with other articles from John Owens, Jonathan Leeman, Andrew T. Walker, and me) has insight to offer,…

Retrieving Christian Liberalism
Retrieving Christian Liberalism

In America, “liberal” as a political label has been in trouble for some time now. Even those who once would…