Calvinism and Liberalism, Part 1

Calvinism and Liberalism, Part 1

Over the past month or two, I have begun learning more and more about liberalism. No, not the social liberalism that pervades much of the Democratic Party here in the United States these days. I’m referring to the classical liberalism of a few centuries ago.

In this time, I’ve begun to be more attracted to the political ideology, largely through proponents of economic liberalism. I have in mind the Milton Friedman and Thomas Sowell types. By listening to their idea of freedom weave through their economic ideas, I have also started to consider political liberty, and as I have begun to consider this I have wondered whether there has been any relationship or crossover between the development of Reformed Christian thought and liberal thought. Thus far, I have not been able to find much information that answers such a question. I have stumbled upon the German sociologist and philosopher Max Weber and his book The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Though I do not foresee myself reading this book in its entirety, I do suspect that it will lend a helpful hand in connecting Calvinism to the ideas of economic freedom and therefore, subsequently, perhaps, to political liberty as well.

I’m so sorry for using words like freedom and liberty somewhat loosely. In following posts, I will attempt to define these terms more fully.

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