Brad Littlejohn

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Brad Littlejohn, Ph.D., is a Fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping public leaders understand the intellectual and historical foundations of our current breakdown of public trust, social cohesion, and sound governance. His research investigates shifting understandings of the nature of freedom and authority, and how a more full-orbed conception of freedom, rooted in the Christian tradition, can inform policy that respects both the dignity of the individual and the urgency of the common good. He also serves as President of the Davenant Institute.

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Brad Littlejohn, Ph.D., is a Fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping public leaders understand the intellectual and historical foundations of our current breakdown of public trust, social cohesion, and sound governance. His research investigates shifting understandings of the nature of freedom and authority, and how a more full-orbed conception of freedom, rooted in the Christian tradition, can inform policy that respects both the dignity of the individual and the urgency of the common good. He also serves as President of the Davenant Institute.

A scholar and writer in the fields of Christian ethics, historical theology, and conservative political thought, he earned his PhD in Theological Ethics at the University of Edinburgh in 2014, where he studied the relationship of freedom and authority in the English Reformation. He is the author of The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty and The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed, among other books, as well as numerous peer-reviewed and popular-level articles and book chapters on topics ranging from freedom of conscience to the nature of property rights to the moral architecture of digital technology.

In 2013 he founded the Davenant Institute, an organization dedicated to retrieving and renewing the Protestant theological and ethical tradition, and frequently writes, speaks, and teaches for their publications, conferences, and courses. He has also taught at Moody Bible Institute and Patrick Henry College, and served as Headmaster of Loudoun Classical School.

Most recently, he worked as a Senior Fellow of the Edmund Burke Foundation as lead author on multi-year project entitled “Foundations of Liberty: Rediscovering the Anglo-American Conservative Tradition.” His essays arising out of this research have appeared in journals such as National Affairs, American Affairs, The American Conservative, First Things, and Modern Age.

He is also a weekly Opinion Contributor at WORLD Magazine, and publishes regularly on questions of Christian ethics and political theology for outlets such as The Gospel Coalition, American Reformer, Desiring God, and Mere Orthodoxy.

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Recovering the Philosophy of Conservatism

Brad Littlejohn

Yoram Hazony calls for a society built upon family, church, and nation

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WORLD Opinions / May 19, 2022

Promises Must Be Kept

Brad Littlejohn

What Henry Cabot Lodge can teach us about our failure in Ukraine.

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The American Conservative / May 16, 2022

Ohio’s Senate Primary and the Future of the GOP

Brad Littlejohn

Which variety of “Trumpism” will gain the most influence?

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WORLD Opinons / May 12, 2022

Pain at the Pump—But No Easy Answers

Brad Littlejohn

Honoring the needs of your neighbor in the marketplace

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WORLD Opinions / May 10, 2022

The French Election Could Signal Trouble for European Liberal Democracy

Brad Littlejohn

What is currently labeled “far-right” and “extreme” might become mainstream.

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WORLD Opinions / April 28, 2022

America’s Christian Founding?

Brad Littlejohn

A new book argues that much of the public Christianity we have lost in America could be revived without dramatically re-writing our constitutional order.

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American Reformer / April 26, 2022

All Hail King Elon of Twitter?

Brad Littlejohn

The pros and cons of a monarchy versus a republic form of corporate governance

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WORLD Opinions / April 26, 2022

Disaster Overload

Brad Littlejohn

We can’t do everything, but we can do something

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WORLD Opinions / April 19, 2022

Are We Warming Up To New Ways of Thinking About Climate Change?

Brad Littlejohn

It’s high time for a rethink of the traditional partisan paradigm of debating climate change.

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WORLD Opinions / April 14, 2022

The European Conservatives Standing Athwart

Brad Littlejohn

What American conservatives can learn from their boldness.

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WORLD Opinions / April 11, 2022

Christians Lead the Way at NatCon Europe

Brad Littlejohn

Speakers at the national conservatism conference emphasized the role of Christianity in saving Europe from globalism.

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The American Conservative / March 31, 2022

Canceling Russia

Brad Littlejohn

What do economic boycotts mean and where do we go from here?

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WORLD Opinions / March 29, 2022