The Paradox of Freedom by Thomas S. Buchanan

The Paradox of Freedom

by Thomas S. Buchanan

Freedom is the name of virtue; Slavery, of vice. . . . None is a slave whose acts are free.
—Epictetus

For today’s Christian or anyone seeking to live a moral life, our modern society can be a discouraging place. Over the past seventy or so years, we have witnessed the development of a mentality which now pervades our society and which, I believe, threatens the moral and intellectual underpinnings of our civilization. Yet, the threat itself is well disguised. It comes wrapped in a value very . . .

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Thomas S. Buchanan is a member of the Orthodox Church and lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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