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Carl Trueman: Condemned to Be Free

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To be free is one thing. To belong requires a sacrifice of our freedom.

Dr. Carl Trueman recently delivered a PhD lecture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary titled “Condemned to be Free.” You can watch the video above, or read a few excerpts below.

Carl R. Trueman is a graduate of the Universities of Cambridge (MA) and Abderdeen (PhD) and formerly served on faculty at the Universities of Nottingham and Aberdeen and Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). Before joining the Grove City College faculty in 2018, he was the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. He is married with two adult sons and is also an ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He is the author of numerous books, including Histories and Fallacies and The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, both from Crossway, and joint editor (with Bruce Gordon) of The Oxford Handbook of Calvin and Calvinism (Oxford University Press).

We still want to belong, but the old and established ways of belonging have been plunged into a kind of crisis.


  • “We still want to belong, but the old and established ways of belonging have been plunged into a kind of crisis that helps us explain many of the dramatic tensions we feel in our own individual lives and which we often see being played out in often dramatic and sometimes violent ways on the streets of Western countries.”

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