Challenging paradigms through
applied philosophy and practical theology
To challenge our paradigms of proper authority by applying reformed theology and philosophy to politics, religion, and culture, in order to advance freedom and justice in our own spheres of influence.
Inspiring ideas and actions that support individual freedom & voluntary community while resisting false authority.
We are at an interesting point in history; most of us know something of the American experiment – this idea that mankind can and should live in a free society. Not only that, it would be unethical for mankind to live in anything but a free society. But our history is also riddled with instances where we’ve acted against the principles of freedom. Today, we are approaching an interesting crossroads.
We say we want our freedom and our rights, yet socialism has become popular again; capitalism seems to have failed. It’s almost impossible to tell whether political news is satirical or real. All the words and terms that were once associated with a free nation, are now associated with bigotry, ignorance, and hate.
And what about Christians? Evangelicalism in America seems to be as strained as ever. Christian liberalism is making its mark; mainline denominations are disappearing; doctrine is a dirty word, and theology is seen as purely academic.
What is it that we’ve lost? How do we find it again? Did we ever have it right? What were we right about? What were we wrong about? How does this apply to today?
Mere Liberty is about liberty at its most fundamental core. It’s stripping away the rhetoric that we’ve become accustomed to hearing (and accustomed to balking at), and challenging the paradigms that face us today. These challenges have found their way into politics, but they existed long before a politician or candidate for office ever made it their clarion call. Once in politics, however, these issues become polarized and polarization impedes progress and can actually cause a regression. And now Christians in America are polarizing themselves as well with an “us vs them” mentality.
Mere Liberty is not about politics per se, rather it’s about the philosophies (and theology) behind the problem presented in politics and culture. It’s important for us to realize that just because a problem is presented to us in politics doesn’t mean that it’s a problem that needs to be solved by legal or bureaucratic intervention.
Just as it sounds, applied philosophy takes a philosophical system (ethics, for example) and addresses real world issues, questions, and scenarios. This means far more than toying with abstract theories – although this is necessary – this means dealing with real issues in real ways based on philosophical ideas that we believe represent the truth of reality.
In much the same way as applied philosophy, practical theology is about applying theology to real life issues. Here it’s not good enough to say something like, “our identity is in Christ;” but rather we delve deeper into what that means on a practical level. How can you see this identity manifested in a tangible way?
This is not to say that ALL of philosophy or ALL of theology can be applied practically. The cerebral and abstract sides of these things are highly important and sometimes we’ll discuss these issues, but with Mere Liberty, we don’t want to simply leave them there.
Mere Liberty is also not exclusively neutral on philosophy and theology. In fact, it’s impossible to claim such neutrality. I take a distinctly libertarian approach to philosophy and a distinctly reformed approach to theology. There will be vast opportunities to discuss the merits and demerits of these distinctions, but there’s no reason for the reader to assume that perfect neutrality can be achieved by any resource. The idea is to get you challenging your own paradigms whether you agree with me or not.
And if you have a topic that you’re interested in me looking at, feel free to email it to me and we’ll discuss it.