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Challenges to religious liberty are increasingly common today as historical Christianity comes into conflict with a new, secular orthodoxy. In this thoroughly revised second edition of First Freedom, leading evangelical scholars present the biblical and historical foundations for religious freedom in America, and address pressing topics such as:
* Religious freedom and the exclusivity of the gospel * The Christian doctrine of religious liberty * Religious liberty and the public square * Religious freedom and the sexual revolution * Baptist contributions to religious freedom, and much more.
The contributors equip churches, pastors, and Christian citizens to uphold this “first freedom” given by God and defended by Christians throughout our nation’s history.
Jason G. Duesing is provost and associate professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.
Thomas White is the president of Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH.
Malcolm B. Yarnell III is professor of systematic theology, director of the Center for Theological Research, and director of the Oxford Study Program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition Acknowledgements Introduction - Jason G. Duesing
I. Religious Liberty in History
Chapter 1 - Paige Patterson, Mutually Exclusive or Biblically Harmonious: Religious Liberty and Exclusivity of Salvation in Jesus Christ
Chapter 2 - Thomas White, The Defense of Religious Liberty by the Anabaptists and the English Baptists
Chapter 3 - Malcolm B. Yarnell III, The Contribution of Baptists to American Political Theology
II. Religious Liberty 101
Chapter 4 - Barrett Duke, The Christian Doctrine of Religious Liberty
Chapter 5 - Evan Lenow, Religious Liberty and the Gospel
Chapter 6 - Andrew Walker, Religious Liberty and the Public Square
III. Contemporary Challenges to Religious Liberty
Chapter 7 - Russell D. Moore, Conservative Christians in an Era of Christian Conservatives: Reclaiming the Struggle for Religious Liberty from Cultural Captivity
Chapter 8 - Albert Mohler, Erotic Liberty’s Challenge to Religious Liberty
Chapter 9 - Thomas White, Religious Liberty and Christian Higher Education
Chapter 10 - Travis Wussow, Religious Liberty and International Justice
Conclusion - Jason G. Duesing, The End of Religious Liberty Appendix