Thursday, May 12, 2005

Chrsitianity & Conservatism - Take 2

In today's National Review Online Jonah Goldberg follows up on John Derbyshire's piece on conservatism.

Goldberg too examines the religious angle of this question, and makes a valid point...

Christianity, as I understand it, holds that the perfect world is the next one, not this one. We can do what we can where we can here, but we’re never going to change the fact that we’re fallen, imperfect creatures. There’s also the whole render-unto-Caesar bit. And, of course, the Judeo-Christian tradition assumes we are born in sin, not born perfect before bourgeoisie culture corrupts us into drones for the capitalist state. In other words, while Christianity may be a complete philosophy of life, it is only at best a partial philosophy of government. When it attempts to be otherwise, it has leapt the rails into an enormous vat of category error.

Somebody get on the horn to the Justice Sunday crowd and inform them of this overlooked dilemma.

He also makes a fine point about the cardinal sin of liberalism...

The belief that all good things move together and there need be no conflicts between them is, ultimately, a religious one. And — by definition — a totalitarian one. Mussolini coined that word not to describe a tyrannical society, but a humane society where everyone is taken care of and contributes equally. Mussolini didn’t want to leave any children behind either. The attempt to bring such utopianism to the here and now is the sin of trying to immanentize the eschaton.

And this from someone who isn't even a Christian. How come he can see these things, and politicized Christians from either end of the spectrum cannot?


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