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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Climate Change Challenges and Life in a Warmer World

Brad Littlejohn

Neither alarmism nor denialism are any help.

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WORLD Opinions / September 29, 2022

A Powerful Political Statement

Brad Littlejohn

The queen’s funeral showed an important aspect of the state’s God-ordained purpose.

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WORLD Opinions / September 21, 2022

Why All Politics is Post-Liberal

Brad Littlejohn

A Modest Proposal for the New Right.

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American Reformer / September 15, 2022

A Theology of Money

Brad Littlejohn

Christ warns against serving both God and Mammon because there is perhaps nothing else under the sun that is so apt to displace God as the ordering principle of our loves.

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Mere Orthodoxy / September 14, 2022

Don’t forget the universities

Brad Littlejohn

Forgiving financial debts is not as simple as citing a Bible verse.

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WORLD Opinions / September 14, 2022

The Specter of a New Serfdom

Brad Littlejohn

Kotkin is certainly right to sound the alarm.

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American Reformer / September 2, 2022

Lies, Big Lies, and Free Speech

Brad Littlejohn

The Alex Jones case is a reminder that lies have consequences.

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WORLD Opinions / August 30, 2022

Opioids, Moral Responsibility, and Reckoning with Justice

Brad Littlejohn

Loving neighbors means not encouraging their sins and weaknesses for profit.

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WORLD Opinions / August 25, 2022

It’s OK Not to Have a Hot Take

Brad Littlejohn

We should resist the urge to share an opinion when we lack important information.

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WORLD Opinions / August 18, 2022

Loving New Neighbors

Brad Littlejohn

Pandemic migrations bring challenges to small towns—but great potential for America.

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WORLD Opinions / August 9, 2022

On Naming The World:A Protestant Vision for Training in Wisdom

Brad Littlejohn

When I walk into my living room each morning, the first thing that greets me (assuming I’ve awoken early enough…

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The Davenant Institute / August 4, 2022

The Vindication of Democracy

Brad Littlejohn

The Supreme Court’s action was a rightful exercise of constitutional government.

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WORLD Opinions / August 2, 2022