From the Fall, 1987 issue of Touchstone
Is <title>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 near and dear to the heart of most of us. More accurately, it is a perversion of an ideal to which we all subscribe. Quite simply, the problem lies in our modern understanding, or rather, misunderstanding of freedom.

A Value to be Reconsidered

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