The Four Marks of the Protestant Church

In the previous essay I said I would say more about the relationship between political and theological philosophy. In that essay I briefly reviewed the history of classical liberalism which began with Thomas Hobbes' Social Contract Theory. His theory of the free individual led to a sort of liberty from all things that ultimately became …

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Conservatism and Liberalism (of the Conservative and Progressive Sorts)

What is conservatism? Etymologically it refers to an attitude of conserving (and thus valuing) the past. But what if one has a thoroughly liberal past? Is valuing and conserving the liberal beliefs and attitudes from the past a species of conservatism or liberalism? This knot of questions has been foremost in my mind the last …

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Liberalism: That (Somewhat) Old Time Religion

My recent post quoting Chesterton raised some eyebrows at CHA. Chesterton, being Roman Catholic, viewed human freedom rather differently than Protestants. To me that goes without saying, so I didn't say it. Some readers thought that maybe I should have. As I tried to say something about Protestants and Chesterton, I realized that my perspective …

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