Democracy

A Guide to the US-China Contest in 2020
A Guide to the US-China Contest in 2020

The real 2020 questions about the US-China contest lie in how they influence the context for global trade, technology standards, military tools, and power projection of all forms.

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.

How Is Technology Changing Democracy?

For all of the hand-wringing about the power technology holds over our society, it is indisputable that immense good has flown from such innovations.

Democracy Won’t Save the Middle East’s Religious Minorities
Democracy Won’t Save the Middle East’s Religious Minorities

In the fate of Egypt and its Christians, we should read one crucial fact: neither democratic nor authoritarian governance delivered anything resembling equal citizenship.

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…