David Brat, the Virginia economics professor who overthrew House Majority leader Eric Cantor in the Republican congressional primary, calls himself a “Calvinist Catholic libertarian.” Let’s hope Pope Francis doesn’t burn him at the stake! But what could that possibly mean?
Does that make him, in effect, something like a Lutheran, holding to a sacramental spirituality that expresses salvation by grace alone, with a strong emphasis on Christian freedom? Or is he trying to combine beliefs that can’t be combined?
Or is it mainly a matter of his social and economic theory? Julie Ingersoll explains that, after the jump. [Read more...]