The Moral Foundations of Freedom: Lessons from the Religious Encounter with Democracy

George Weigel
30 May 2000 | OP76
The Moral Foundations of Freedom: Lessons from the Religious Encounter with Democracy

What happens when a society loses it moral capital? Can democracy thrive in a value-neutral environment? These are just some of the questions asked by one of America’s most respected theologians and commentators on religion and public life.

 

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