Liberalism

Jealous Gods: Review of Jonathan Fox’s Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me
Jealous Gods: Review of Jonathan Fox’s Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me

Jealousy, love, and punishment are not bad ways of understanding the rise in both government-based religious discrimination and societal religious discrimination, as Jonathan Fox shows in his newest book, Thou Shalt Have No Other Gods Before Me: Why Governments Discriminate against Religious Minorities.

A Time for Theologians during COVID-19 Pandemic?

A theologian’s task in time of plague is to show the light and give people hope. In recent years, many of us trained as theologians have traded our office for that of the pundit and scold. That we have so little worthwhile to say now, in this unprecedented time of fear and uncertainty, is yet one more sign of judgment.

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.

Rich Lowry Calls for a Unifying, Liberal Nationalism - Book Review of The Case for Nationalism
Rich Lowry Calls for a Unifying, Liberal Nationalism

Nationalism should form the bonds of social contract in any great power, and should not just be an idea that is despised by the far-left and usurped by the far-right.

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.

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.

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?

Is Liberal Neutrality Possible?

I am grateful that the post-liberal, nationalist right has grown more explicit about its antipathy to core tenets of classical…