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John Locke’s America: Christian Political Arguments and the Character of Liberal Democracy

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Recent studies of Christianity's relation to liberal politics have recognized the importance of specifying clearly what type of liberalism is being
considered. Jeffrey Stout's critique is one such example. Unfortunately, Stout
fails to engage the one thinker who arguably is the most influential in how
Americans relate Christianity and politics: John Locke. Political arguments of
today's Christians are premised, often unconsciously, on rival interpretations of
Locke's political theology.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-252
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of the Society of Christian Ethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007

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  • Locke, Stout, Hauerwas, liberalism, church, state, Budziszewski, Neuhaus, Wolterstorff, Cavanaugh

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