The following address was given by David J. Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California, at the first annual conference of Christians for Liberty, that was held at St. Edwards University in San Antonio, TX, August 2, 2014. Theroux covers a lot of ground and shows how Christianity was essential to the Western understanding of individual rights and political freedom; he also shows how C.S. Lewis drew upon the writings and thought of St. Paul, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Acton and others in defending authentic liberty and natural law (or “the Tao”, as Lewis called it in The Abolition of Man).
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