Aug 21, 2020
This submission was written by Dr Alex Deagon, Senior Lecturer in Law at the Queensland University of Technology, who assisted in a private capacity. The views expressed in the submission are his own and do...
In accordance with secular liberalism, many scholars and politicians argue excluding religious perspectives from political decision-making is the only way to guarantee genuine neutrality, freedom and equality. However, this paper argues secular liberalism is actually a non-neutral theology which violently excludes other religious perspectives. The paper attempts to apply Christian theology to liberal notions of public discourse for the purpose of redeeming and transforming that discourse. This redeemed ‘liberalism’ provides a framework for persuasion to the Good by advocating a discourse governed by the law of love. This produces genuine religious freedom which paradoxically transcends and ful ls the liberal ideals that secular liberalism proclaims but can never attain.