Patrick Deneen

Waiting for a Better Reformed Defense of Liberalism: A Review of Drunen’s Politics after Christendom
Waiting for a Better Reformed Defense of Liberalism: A Review of Van Drunen’s Politics after Christendom

Van Drunen’s Politics after Christendom doesn’t convincingly defend liberalism from a biblical perspective. Readers wanting a compelling Reformed defense of ordered liberty will have to keep waiting.

Catholic Integralism Should Not Be Dismissed

Rather than taking each other’s strongest arguments, people arguing over Catholic Integralism often defeat straw men or completely dodge arguments. This does not advance the conversation so that learning and mutual edification may occur.

American Nationalism: Creedal, Cultural, and Preferential

It is interesting to reflect when a topic bursts into public view and comes to dominate public discussion: Why nationalism now?

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.

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.

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…

Augustinian Liberalism: A Symposium
Augustinian Liberalism: A Symposium

Winston Churchill once supposedly said that “democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” We need…

What You Should Know about Integralism
What You Should Know about Integralism

While there are many nuances and side issues in the debate between David French and Sohrab Ahmari, the crux of the disagreement appears to be a general clash between two opposing political philosophies adopted by religious believers: Catholic integralism and classical liberalism.