March 1, 2022
The Ethics and Public Policy Center today announced the appointment of Brad Littlejohn, Ph.D., as a Fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his research will focus on helping public leaders understand the intellectual and historical foundations of our current breakdown of public trust, social cohesion, and sound governance.
A scholar and writer in the fields of Christian ethics, historical theology, and conservative political thought, Littlejohn 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.
Christopher DeMuth, distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute, said: “Brad Littlejohn has thought and written deeply on Christian ethics, public policy, and the religious roots of contemporary political institutions. At a time when many believers are feeling besieged, Brad is a teacher and a builder with no thought of retreat. As is Ryan Anderson! I cannot imagine a better appointment for the Ethics and Public Policy Center and expect great things from their alliance.”
EPPC Fellow Carl R. Trueman said: “The appointment of Brad Littlejohn as a Fellow at EPPC is great news. Brad has been a key figure in the recent growth of interest in orthodox Protestant engagement with the public square, helping to promote such things as the revival of interest in natural law and a careful application of historic Christianity to contemporary issues. He has a ready pen and an incisive mind and it is truly a delight to know that both are going to be put to service by EPPC where Brad will be given the wider audience and higher public profile that his contributions merit. It is a pleasure to have him as a colleague.”
EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker said: “I’m elated to have Brad Littlejohn join the ranks of EPPC alongside me in the Evangelicals in Civil Life program. Brad epitomizes what evangelical thought leadership requires in the moment: Unwavering conviction on the Permanent Things, stalwart Protestant identity, and a keen historical awareness for how Protestantism has impacted and can continue to impact the life of the civitas.”
Joseph Capizzi, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Ecology at Catholic University, said: “By adding Brad Littlejohn to EPPC, Ryan T. Anderson both broadens and deepens the Center’s commitment to the role of theology in American public affairs. Few scholars combine Brad’s practical wisdom and depth of knowledge of the Protestant tradition. In addition, Brad’s investment in the future of Protestant theology is necessary to revitalizing the presence of Protestant thinking in our Republic. Kudos to Ryan for making this vital and bold appointment.”
Littlejohn’s appointment continues the revitalization of EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, which welcomed Trueman, Walker, and EPPC Postdoctoral Fellow Nathanael Blake in 2021.
Littlejohn earned his Ph.D. in Theological Ethics at the University of Edinburgh in 2014, where he studied the relationship of freedom and authority in the English Reformation. Littlejohn is the founder and president of the Davenant Institute, an organization dedicated to retrieving and renewing the Protestant theological and ethical tradition. 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. To read more about Littlejohn and his work, click here.