Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. Professor of History, The King’s College
Joseph Loconte, PhD, is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches Western Civilization and American Foreign Policy.
Loconte previously served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, where he taught on religion and public policy. He was a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and from 1999-2006 he held the first chair in religion as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
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"Many have written about Erasmus and religion. God, Locke, and Liberty is as good a statement as we are likely to get for Erasmus as the great inspiration of Locke’s thinking about religious liberty."
— Ian C. Harris, University of Leicester
"John Locke considered toleration ‘to be the chief characteristic mark of the true church.’ This book helps us to see Locke as he saw himself—a religious reformer in the tradition of Erasmus, calling his fellow believers to stop persecuting and start imitating ‘the perfect example of the Prince of Peace.’ There is much more to be said about Locke and toleration, but Loconte shows how the ethos of Christian humanism was used to tame post-Reformation religion, paving the way for the ameliorated Christianity of the Enlightenment."
— John Coffey, University of Leicester
"Loconte reconstructs the meaning of Locke’s ideas on religious toleration with exceptional clarity, erudition, and a dynamic, engaging style. He has the rare ability to make seventeenth century writings seem urgently relevant, without ever wrenching them out of their specific historical contexts."
— Ian McBride, King’s College London
"This is one of those rare books that scholars and ordinary lovers of history alike will profit from. And it comes not a moment too soon. In a world where the foundations of freedom are buckling under the weight of both religious and secular fanaticisms, this book cannot find too wide a readership."
— Greg Forster, Kern Family Foundation
- New York Observer: Barack Obama’s Toothless and Feckless Foreign Policy
Posted on 08/14/2014 in Commentary
- Wall Street Journal: Of Hobbits, Narnia, and Postwar Belief
Posted on 08/08/2014 in Commentary
- The Times of London: Why Hobbits Triumphed in the Great War
Posted on 08/04/2014 in Commentary
- Huffington Post: Saints and the Secular Republic
Posted on 07/22/2014 in Commentary
- Dr. Loconte Appears on Australia’s ABC Radio
Posted on 07/10/2014 in News
- Huffington Post: Iraq and the Freedom Deficit in Islam
Posted on 07/02/2014 in Commentary
- Huffington Post: Poland, Obama, and the Reagan Doctrine
Posted on 06/05/2014 in Commentary
- Books & Culture: The Great and Holy War
Posted on 04/21/2014 in Commentary
- The Times of London: Easter’s Eternal Battle of Death Versus Hope
Posted on 04/18/2014 in Commentary
- Dr. Loconte Speaks on Reagan, American Exceptionalism
Posted on 03/23/2014 in News
- Loconte to Appear in Reagan Symposium on C-SPAN
Posted on 03/14/2014 in News
- The Gospel Coalition: Review of “God, Locke, and Liberty”
Posted on 03/14/2014 in News
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"Every once in a while a book comes along that is so elegant and beautiful and vital, that you can't imagine the world without it. Joe Loconte's The Searchers is a masterpiece, one of those rare books you will want to give to almost anyone, believers and non-believers alike. It overflows with wisdom and vital information about the very thing that makes us human, our search for meaning in the universe."
— Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.
“Fresh, powerful, and often hauntingly beautiful, The Searchers starts with the well-known account of a brief, ancient journey and leads us on a tour of deep modern issues that no serious searcher can evade. With this book, Loconte moves beyond the journalist and the historian to write as a poet-philosopher on the deep questions of life.”
— Os Guinness, author of Long Journey Home
“Joe Loconte has written a beautiful book that is deeply Christian, but because it is so deeply particular it speaks to the universal. It is honest in its critique of religion, eloquent in its affirmation of the religious impulse and sensibility, and poetic in its description of how a living and humble faith transforms our heart and our world. The Searchers is a book every religious and secular person who is serious about living a life of meaning and purpose ought to read.”
— Rabbi Irwin Kula, president of The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (CLAL) and author of Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life
Eric Metaxas told Christianity Today about the top five books he recommends for nonbelievers, and Loconte's The Searchers was #1! Here’s the snippet:
"Was there ever a more compelling writer than Loconte, who teaches history here in NYC? In The Searchers, he takes the familiar Road to Emmaus story and opens it up in fascinating ways. Along the way, he shows the infinite difference between phony religiosity and real faith in the Mysterious Stranger who appeared to the two pilgrims on that lonely road of grief."