Published November 3, 2023
In the aftermath of Hamas’ horrific terrorist attack on Israel, an almost equally horrifying phenomenon began unfolding at elite college campuses and law schools across America: Student groups began mobilizing to celebrate the slaughter of innocents! Trained by decades of deconstruction and “decolonization” to view virtually every human interaction through the simple binary of “oppressor” vs. “oppressed,” reflexively denouncing the powerful and celebrating the less powerful, they couldn’t seem to help themselves. If Israel had a bigger military and more land, then clearly any form of “resistance” was automatically justified.
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.