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Plato

MARS HILL AUDIO Journal

Volume 147

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Guests on Volume 147: R. Jared Staudt on the tradition of brewing beer in monastic and Christian culture; Jason Peters on defining localism, dealing with discontent and imperfection, and appreciating nostalgia; D. C. Schindler on the classical and Christian understanding of the Transcendentals and why they matter now; Craig Gay on why we need a theology of personhood in response to challenges posed by technology; Mary Hirschfeld on comparing contemporary economics with economics as understood by Thomas Aquinas; and Patrick Samway on the publishing relationship between Flannery O’Connor and Robert Giroux.

Areopagus Lecture 6

D. C. Schindler: “For Freedom Set Free”

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Philosopher D. C. Schindler discusses the Christian notion of religious liberty as a synthesis of the Jewish, Roman, and Greek traditions. In the Jewish tradition, one receives a theological understanding of freedom understood as freedom from bondage and from sin in order to more fully enter into a loving covenant with God. In the Roman tradition, freedom exists in relation to one’s membership within a polis and is established through legal codes. This objective political presence is internalized and personalized through the education of virtuous citizens. And in the Greek tradition, freedom is understood in relation to nature, on the one hand through membership in a tribe by kinship, and on the other hand, through participation in the Good, which is at the source of all being. Christianity, argues Schindler, is precisely the “receiving, healing, and transforming [of these] three distinct traditions” and Christian freedom is their “flourishing integration.” $4