religious liberty

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Being a Christian in the Public Sphere

What does it take to be a Christian in the public sphere? I ask myself this question all the time. We live in a world where our ideas, beliefs and values are constantly put to the test. As Christians especially, we are always pushed to see if our value of love of neighbor can stand […]


Some Thoughts on Religious Liberty, Toleration, and the Coercive State

One radical concept that emerged in the founding decades of the American Republic was that of free exercise of religion.  The First Amendment to the Constitution states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”  Similarly, Article 16 of the Declaration of Rights of Virginia as adopted […]


Eavesdropping at the Cafe & the Year of Faith

True story. As I was working away at a coffee shop this week, I could not help but overhear a nearby conversation. I promise, I don’t make a habit of eavesdropping, but it’s hard to block out a loud conversation when you hear passionate phrases such as: “If the HHS mandate is only affecting Catholics, […]


Happy Independence Day

Courtesy of PJ, here’s a song for your 4th of July! I know what you’re thinking… that’s a Brazilian kid, singing a British song!  Well, a couple of things: Welcome to the global culture. Amazing Grace has a beautiful history (click for movie trailer) involving the abolition of the British slave trade. The US is […]

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