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Intern Reading Group: John Locke Part I – Second Treatise on Government

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Are faith and politics separate spheres or connected in some way? What attitude should a Christian have toward secular politics?

These are the questions of political theology – the study and understanding of how one’s deeply held religious beliefs influence one’s views about politics. Throughout Christian history, the tension between politics and religion has led to serious conflict. This conflict continues today in the United States and around the world.

With these questions mind, we will discuss passages from John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government to gain perspective on the role of religion in the formation of natural right theory and liberalism.

A boxed lunch will be provided, but please bring your own beverage (and a mask for once you are done with your meal).

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