Retrieving Christian Liberalism

Retrieving Christian Liberalism
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In America, "liberal" as a political label has been in trouble for some time now. Even those who once would have embraced the word now want to be called "progressive." As a broad theoretical or philosophical term for an ideology of individual freedom that encompasses most American conservatives as well as progressives, "liberalism" has taken on water of late as well. Many critiques of liberalism stop short of a wholesale rejection, arguing instead that the program has gone wrong somehow—hijacked by technocrats, investment bankers, or Hollywood libertines—and needs only be restored to some older, better form.

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