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Four for the Fourth: Great Reads on Faith, Work, & Economics for Independence Day

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Freedom and flourishing are deeply connected, a point Anne Bradley explored on Tuesday. She writes,

We awake each morning and have something significant and unique to offer the world. The more limited our government and the more free our society, the better we are able to offer our gifts to others and to serve the common good. This is because we have the liberty and incentive to pursue our own interests under a free society.

As you reflect on the blessings of faith and freedom this Independence Day, IFWE wishes you a fun, relaxing holiday with your friends and family. We thought we’d share with you some of the most interesting articles talking about the relationship between faith, work, economics, freedom, and Independence Day. Enjoy!

1. 9 Things You Should Know about Independence Day and the Declaration of Independence  Joe Carter

Carter uncovers nine fascinating, little known facts about this week’s holiday and the events it celebrates.

2. Place, Patriotism, and Sehnsucht Brett McCracken

Don’t let the word sehnsucht scare you. It’s German for “longing” or “craving,” and McCracken, relying on insight from C.S. Lewis, uses it to illustrate the importance the love for home plays in each of our lives.

3. Q&A: Os Guinness On Freedom In the Balance Mark Galli

In an interview with Christianity Today, author Os Guinness talks about the important role Christians can play in preserving freedom.

4. Human Dignity & the Freedom to Choose Elise Amyx

Amyx weaves together the relationship between theology, freedom, work, and economics.

Other great reads include Robert Lawson’s explanation of economic freedom, Anne Bradley and Jay Richard’s foray into the importance of economic freedom for human flourishing, Hugh Whelchel’s discussion of religious liberty, and IFWE’s past reflections on the meaning of Independence Day for our faith and work.

Most of all, we hope you experience the fulfillment Anne describes in closing her post on freedom and flourishing:

As you celebrate Independence Day with a reprieve from work, take time to pause and realize that your work is a gift from God. It is a way that you can create and build and serve others.  We are truly blessed to live in a free society in which we can contribute to flourishing simply by doing our jobs. 

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