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Reply To: After taking this course, in your own words, please define Hebraic leadership and what it means to you.

Michael Lucchese

To borrow from the great conservative theorist and historian Russell Kirk, Hebraic leadership is about the maintenance of ordered liberty. Jerusalem gifted to the West a vision of human dignity rooted in our status as created beings living in a cosmos governed by a Living God. To preserve that dignity amidst the crisis of history, Hebraic leaders need to recover the roots of Western thought in the Hebrew Bible.

At the same time, borrowing from another political theorist, Eric Voegelin, Hebraic leaders must have the humility not to “immanentize the eschaton.” It is not the place of the Hebraic leader to personally bring about the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth; rather, the Hebraic leader realizes that God’s hand is guiding history.

By combining a confident assertion of human dignity with a humility about the effects action can have within history, the Hebraic leader can provide a defense of the Western tradition of ordered liberty.