The Theological Origins of Liberalism

Lanham, USA: Lexington Books (2016)

This book offers a critical survey of the true origins of liberalism. It challenges the widely held belief among social scientists that liberalism developed as opposed to Christianity. Beginning with the Protestant Reformation, it illustrates how Christian thinkers reinterpreted Christianity and used a set of indemonstrable biblical presuppositions from their reinterpretations to develop the first liberal ideas, starting a process that culminates in the birth of the first liberal political theory in the writings of a devout Christian philosopher, John Locke. Foreworded by Michael A. Gillespie, the author of The Theological Origins of Modernity, this book explains how the Protestant Reformation, covenant theology, anti-trinitarianism, and medieval Christian natural law theories formed the foundations of liberalism. Thus, the central claim of this book is that liberalism is better understood as a radical reinterpretation of Christianity that emerged in the post-Reformation and early modern period.
Keywords political theory  liberalism  Christianity  theistic rationalism  intellectual history  early modern history  political philosophy  metaphysics
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