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Peter Stephens practiced trial law for sixteen years, helped pastor a church for six years, and has taught high school English ever since. Born in Tidewater, Virginia, Stephens graduated from the University of Virginia and the College of William & Mary Law School. He, his wife Victoria, and their two children live in Northern Virginia.

The Nature of Government

Lockean Liberalism for Our Next Civil Crisis

Authored by Peter Stephens

The United States will probably face a major crisis in the next few years. This dire outlook isn't the subject of "The Nature of Government," but it makes the book urgent reading. A return to Lockean liberalism - the United States' philosophical foundation based on Christian metaphysics - would give our republic the strength and flexibility to withstand large societal earthquakes.

The book contains "The Nature of Government" video series transcript plus over 200 footnotes - over 10,000 words of footnotes - as well as 75 works cited and a full index to document and deepen the series' inclusive and foundational approach to government. Taken together, the longer, more substantive footnotes constitute a second, higher-level course on the nature of government.

The book's viewpoint is Christian but devoid of the eschatology, disapprobation, and cant associated with much of American evangelical writing. In fact, the book challenges evangelicals' embrace of the notion of a Christian nation and their dismissal of liberalism and reason.

The videos themselves are available to view, embed, and share for free at slow press dot com. The transcript and footnotes address the following questions, among others:

Is self-government possible, or even desirable, given what we know of human nature?

What is reason, and can we use it to discover moral laws as well as scientific ones?

Which notion made its debut in the modern era: the natural rights of people or the divine right of kings?

What is natural law, and when in the United States' historical cycle have we embraced it?

Why did Lincoln call Jefferson's "all men are created equal" the "father of all moral principle among us"?

Does equality require, or even permit, any hierarchy?

What's the philosophical difference between the American Revolution and the French Revolution? between the American Revolution and the Southern states' secession?

What is the pursuit of happiness?

How does Lockean liberalism differ from today's liberalism, or from today's conservatism, for that matter?

Who or what ultimately decides what our rights are? Perhaps a public consensus strong enough to amend the Constitution?

Will we always be torn between the liberals' Living Constitution and the conservatives' strict construction?

Why did Lincoln espouse "political religion"? How did he get away with using all of that religious imagery?

If we're not a Christian nation, then why do many people sense that it has a special calling?

And what's the deal with that other Revolutionary War-era flag - the one sporting the pine tree and "An Appeal to Heaven"?

Publication Date:
0975864815 / 9780975864814
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Political Science / History & Theory / General

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