Faith and Reason Fall 2018: Luther and the Founders on Liberty

Posted by Patrick Henry College on 9/12/18 9:48 AM


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As Dr. Brad Littlejohn prepares this semester’s Faith & Reason lecture for Tuesday, September 18, he turns to Martin Luther and the American Founding Fathers to compare their thoughts on liberty.

 “We conventionally think of liberty in terms of freedom to do what we want,” Littlejohn said, but Luther champions an idea found in the New Testament describing liberty as the “freedom to obey God.”

Do these concepts have irreconcilable differences?

To answer this question, Littlejohn will first compare and contrast the modern American idea of freedom, the Christian idea of freedom, and the Founding Fathers' idea of freedom. Then he will reveal freedom’s greatest weakness in every circumstance in order to build a bridge between Luther’s idea of true freedom and liberal freedoms.



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