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In his recent Chapel address on Martin Luther King Day, criminal justice professor Patrick Oliver gave a powerful exposition on God, government, and freedom. Borrowing from such diverse sources as the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the writings of Abraham Lincoln, and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Professor Oliver wove a tapestry of balance between “the law of nature and the law of nature’s God,” between natural and general revelation, and between the evangelical and cultural mandate of Matthew 28:18-20.

In ethics, it is worthwhile to consider how we can impact the culture. Is it only through preaching the word of God, or is it also through confronting moral evils? Do we honor God in advocating for the sanctity of human life, defending traditional marriage, or confronting civil inequalities? What is the role of civil disobedience?

Listen to Professor Patrick’s penetrating analysis of these moral questions about our civil society.

[Letter from Birmingham Jail]