Author
Ian Huyett

Citation
Ian Huyett, Church History, Liberty, and Political Morality: A Response to Professor Calhoun, 74 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. Online 546 (2018).

Published
October 11, 2018

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In his address, Professor Calhoun used American Christian abolitionism to illustrate the beneficial role that religion can play in political debate. Surveying the past two millennia, I argue that Christian political thought has protected liberty in every era of the church’s dramatic history. Along the way, I rebut critics—from the left and right—who urge that Christianity’s political influence has been unhelpful or harmful. I also seek to show that statements like “religion has no place in politics” are best understood as expressions of arbitrary bias.