Democracy

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.

Eschatology & the Defects of Liberalism: An Augustinian & Baptistic Response
Eschatology and the Defects of Liberalism: An Augustinian and Baptistic Response

For now, let us cling to liberal democracy as a common grace of God. If God in his providence gave us modernity, let Christians be the stewards who use the freedoms of liberal democracy for the sake of the gospel.

Hong Kong, America & Liberty

For many in America, including Christians, America is seen as a repressive force in history and in the world. So…

Against “Conservative Democracy”
Against “Conservative Democracy”

Paul Miller: I don’t want bureaucrats in Washington, DC, to develop a blueprint of the correct form of national culture we’re supposed to identify with. Any effort to do so will inevitably, and justifiably, backfire.

Can we Handle the Truth: What Robert Kagan Gets Right About Liberalism

That Robert Kagan’s recent essay, “The Strongmen Strike Back,” has sparked controversy is an unfortunate commentary on our public understanding…

Seven Decades, Seven Principles: Reflections on the Atlantic Council’s Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace
Seven Decades, Seven Principles: Reflections on the Atlantic Council’s Declaration of Principles for Freedom, Prosperity, and Peace

Liberal declaration of the kind described above is generally well-intentioned. Yet as often as not, it appears to but embarrass the democrat whilst amusing the dictator.

The Aftermath: Key Takeaways from the 2019 Israeli Elections
The Aftermath: Key Takeaways from the 2019 Israeli Elections

The 2019 Israeli election results look like the status quo, but several shifts on both the Israeli left and right could indicate changes in the country’s political landscape.

Making the Case for Democracy: Part 3 of the Decline of Democracy Series
Making the Case for Democracy: Part 3 of the Decline of Democracy Series

When the forces of tyranny were far stronger and the world’s roster of democracies far smaller, President Reagan argued that “we must take actions to assist the campaign for democracy.” America took those actions in the twentieth century; it should do no less in the twenty-first.

Withdrawal Symptoms: Part 2 of the Decline of Democracy Series
Withdrawal Symptoms: Part 2 of the Decline of Democracy Series

When it comes to democracy promotion, it seems the Obama-Trump era is the aberration.