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Natural Revelation, Religious Liberty, and the First Amendment

Join us in this episode of Christ the Center, where host Camden Bucey engages in a free-flowing yet thoughtful discussion with Dr. Owen Anderson, philosopher and professor of religious studies at Arizona State University and pastor of Historic Christian Church in Phoenix. The conversation centers around the nuanced relationship between philosophy, religion, and the concept of free speech within academia and broader American culture.

The episode explores the current state of freedom of speech in higher education, highlighting its importance and the obstacles it faces today. Dr. Anderson shares his views on the roles of natural and revealed religion in American philosophical and legal traditions, and how these ideas have influenced the country’s development. Listeners will also appreciate the exploration of Common Sense Realism and its impact on the ideological framework of the American Founding Fathers. This episode provides a reflective look into the challenges of articulating and understanding truth in an increasingly complex age.

Listen in for a conversation that offers insightful perspectives on the intersections of philosophy, religion, and free speech in the modern era.



  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:02:19 Freedom of Speech in Academia and Current Events
  • 00:07:07 Philosophical and Theological Considerations in Modern Culture
  • 00:15:23 Natural Religion and Revealed Religion
  • 00:22:35 The Role and Challenges of Free Speech in Universities
  • 00:35:45 Interplay of Philosophy, Religion, and American Constitutional Principles
  • 00:38:52 The Evolution of the Concept of God in American Thought and Law
  • 00:44:19 Common Sense Realism and Its Impact on American Founding Fathers
  • 00:52:29 Challenges of Communicating Truth in the Contemporary World
  • 01:00:44 Conclusion

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Christ the Center focuses on Reformed Christian theology. In each episode a group of informed panelists discusses important issues in order to encourage critical thinking and a better understanding of Reformed doctrine with a view toward godly living. Browse more episodes from this program or subscribe to the podcast feed.


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