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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Why is Europe up in Arms over Abortion in America?

Brad Littlejohn

Progressives on both sides of the Atlantic have a vision of inevitable “progress.”

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WORLD Opinions / July 19, 2022

Is the Supreme Court Leading a Conservative Revolution?

Brad Littlejohn

The Dobbs decision represented a return to text, tradition, and restraint.

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WORLD Opinions / July 19, 2022

Money and Christian Witness

Brad Littlejohn

Tough economic times provide powerful gospel opportunities.

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WORLD Opinions / July 12, 2022

The Queen and the Role of a Christian Monarch

Brad Littlejohn

As the “defender of the faith,” Elizabeth serves as an inspiration to other political leaders

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World Opinions / June 28, 2022

A Conservative Revolutionary

Brad Littlejohn

Since no one loves the inherited goods of community, faith, and custom as dearly as the conservative, no one is liable to fight more fiercely when they are under mortal threat.

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National Affairs / June 21, 2022

The Western Water Crisis and the Mandate of Stewardship

Brad Littlejohn

A call for creative innovation and personal sacrifice

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WORLD Opinions / June 16, 2022

We Peasants of the Metaverse

Brad Littlejohn

We cannot make sense of economic forms in the current century simply by applying the rules of the last.

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American Compass / June 13, 2022

A Culture of Coddling

Brad Littlejohn

All levels of authority have imbibed the idea that their responsibility is above all to shelter those under their care from any danger or risk.

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WORLD Opinions / June 9, 2022

The Union of Religion and Justice

Brad Littlejohn

Or, why Protestants can’t be libertarians

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American Reformer / May 31, 2022

An American Christian on Memorial Day

Brad Littlejohn

Thank God for the land of our birth and the courage of those willing to die for it

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WORLD Opinions / May 31, 2022

Will the Prodigal Son Return?

Brad Littlejohn

A revival of the nation will require a rediscovered willingness to honor and serve God—as individuals, as families, and as nations.

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Law and Liberty / May 31, 2022

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