Transcript of the Hon. John Anderson’s talk at Freedom18 on 23 May 2018 ‘How do we now understand Freedom?’Rob, thank you very much for that kind introduction. It’s great to be with you. I acknowledge...
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.
‘What is Religious Liberty For?’ was recorded at the Freedom18 conference on the limits of religious freedom.