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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The Piety of Patriotism: A Reply to Susan Hanssen

Brad Littlejohn

Unless we can recover a certain generosity towards those who came before us, we will find ourselves with nothing to pass on to those who come after.

Articles

The Public Discourse / November 9, 2022

A Battle of Philosophies

Brad Littlejohn

Rival visions of history are on the ballot today.

Articles

WORLD Opinions / November 8, 2022

Promising the Moon

Brad Littlejohn

Politicians keep making promises they cannot keep when we urgently need straight talk.

Articles

WORLD Opinions / October 28, 2022

National Conservatism and Protestant Ecclesiology

Brad Littlejohn

Our Protestant forefathers invested great effort in developing a theological, ethical, and political framework that would enable the believer to navigate these treacherous paths with confidence and care.

Articles

Theopolis / October 25, 2022

An Era of Ingratitude

Brad Littlejohn

Resisting the craze for cultural destruction.

Articles

WORLD Opinions / October 20, 2022

U.S. Life Expectancy on the Decline

Brad Littlejohn

We should care as Christians about reviving America’s flagging fortunes, but we must do so in humble acknowledgment of the facts.

Articles

WORLD Opinions / October 14, 2022

Giving Thanks for Good Government

Brad Littlejohn

We should take note when government leaders do their jobs well.

Articles

WORLD Opinions / October 7, 2022

The Search for a Christian Nation: Christian Nationalism and the American Founding

Brad Littlejohn

“Christian Nationalism” and the Appeal to History

Articles

Mere Orthodoxy / October 4, 2022

“God, Homeland, Family”

Brad Littlejohn

The larger meaning of Italy’s recent election.

Articles

WORLD Opinions / October 4, 2022

“So Natural Is the Union of Religion with Justice”: Hooker’s Defense of Religious Establishment

Brad Littlejohn

Hooker’s defense of religious
establishment remains relevant in a Western world coming to terms with
the contradictions of secular pluralism

Archives

Unio cum Christo / October 1, 2022

Climate Change Challenges and Life in a Warmer World

Brad Littlejohn

Neither alarmism nor denialism are any help.

Articles

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.

Articles

WORLD Opinions / September 21, 2022