Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
Barnett College of Ministry & Theology
Department of Christian Ministries and Religion
Mr. Nick Wallsteadt
Dr. Chris Green
Dr. Kenneth Archer
We seek to develop a theological and metaphysical critique of the liberal understanding of religious freedom that is juridical in nature, revealing that what it can only mean by both “religion” and “freedom” are inadequate under the light of Christian orthodoxy. Not only is inadequate, but it does not allow orthodoxy to flourish under it, swallowing up all would-be competitors under its own liberal monism. This study pulls heavily from Roman Catholic Communio theology and its already broad critique of liberalism and liberal religious freedom, but also correlates those enlightening critiques with Pentecostalism, bringing an analogous critique of liberal religious freedom from a distinctly Pentecostal theology. In the end, we show that Pentecostalism will have to remove some internal contradictions in order to fully move into a post-liberal and distinctly Christian vision of religious freedom, but that those stumbling blocks can be removed by moving deeper into its truly Catholic elements, bringing forth interesting horizons for ecumenical dialogue that move beyond the scope of this study’s argument.
Hempfling, Joseph, "WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM: A CRITIQUE OF LIBERAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM" (2022). Masters of Theological Studies. 13.