Liberal Individualism Has Deep Roots in Protestantism

Source: The UnPopulist
by Rachel Ferguson

“Tom Holland’s Dominion is an atheist historian’s reflections on how starkly the moral values of a typical, modern citizen of a liberal polity such as our own contrasts with the brutal hierarchy of ancient pagan society. Holland concludes that the liberal value that each individual has equal worth arises from the Christian tradition. … It may be a stretch to say that Protestantism is solely responsible for the rise of liberalism. The prolific author and diplomat Michael Novak argued that some Catholic societies were developing the building blocks both before and at the same time as Protestant ones were. But there’s no denying that, historically speaking, Protestantism is an important contributor to liberalism’s emergence.” (11/18/23)