Christians and/as Liberals?

29 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2023 Last revised: 29 Aug 2023

Date Written: April 25, 2023


Recently, as part of a more general examination and criticism of liberalism, the relation between Christianity and liberalism has been much discussed. Some critics, sometimes associated with the label “integralism,” argue that Christianity and liberalism are fundamentally incompatible. Examining both consistencies and inconsistencies, this article argues to the contrary that liberalism may be, for now, for us, in our historical circumstances, the alternative that prudent Christians should prefer.

Keywords: liberalism, christianity, integralism, autonomy, individualism, religion, religious freedom,

Suggested Citation

Smith, Steven Douglas, Christians and/as Liberals? (April 25, 2023). 98 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1497 (2023), San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 23-015, Available at SSRN:

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