The Moral Liberal : The Christian Heritage, Limited Government, And The American Constitution
What is Moral Liberalism? Think Classical Liberalism, or the political philosophy of the American Founding generation, which can be described as a cross between the Best of Enlightenment Thinking with the Best of Christianity (especially that which opened up to men’s view as religious liberty expanded in America and bore its best fruit) .
Think Thomas Jefferson’s, “A nation that expects to be ignorant and free expects what never was and never will be,” – noting Jefferson’s definition of “educated” included the all important development and exercise of “the moral sense,” a common element in the curriculum of his day.
Think John Adams, “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”
Think the self-governing limited government the God of Heaven inspired under our Constitution, with its checks and balances, its division and limitation of powers (including federalism with few powers…