Political Philosophy: Putting on the Whole Armor of God

Workshop Speaker: John C. Hancock & Elizabeth Sexton

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In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul urged Christians to "put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." He warned that our struggle was not merely against "flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers.....against spiritual wickedness in high places."

Paul's warning certainly applies today, as our elites in the media, higher education and politics increasingly embrace a "woke" worldview utterly incompatible with faith as well as right reason or common sense. How can we gird our loins with truth, as the apostle recommends, and resist this increasingly dominant spiritual wickedness? How can we arm our children against the bankrupt but powerful ideologies that assail them? Certainly, religious faith and scriptural understanding are powerful bulwarks against the idols of our age. But it would be a tragedy to concede the title of reason to the foolish doctrines that are invading our public space. Fathom the Good Curriculum believes, with C.S. Lewis, that good philosophy must be deployed as an essential weapon against bad philosophy. The devilish ideologues that want to rule us must not be allowed to claim the noble standard of reason. Fathom draws upon the rich resources of the Western tradition of political philosophy to arm children and their parents with the capacity to answer false philosophies articulately and with confidence in a truth that complements "the breastplate of righteousness."

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