16 July 2016

Conservatism: Prolegomena, Problems, and the Plan

One of the challenges of describing and making a case for conservatism is that people hold so many different conceptions about what it means. 

Conservatism has been described as a temperament--a disposition that certain people exhibit as they interact with the world.

Conservatism has been described as a commitment to traditional ways  and resistance to change.

And conservatism has been described as a belief-system or ideology--a more or less coherent set of principles that provide the goals for organized political action.

Perhaps these all are facets of conservatism, or at least one kind of conservatism or another. Some are more helpful than others.

A series of posts uploaded every Saturday will describe and make a case for conservatism--in this case for a secular conservatism. Attention will be drawn to what conservatism is, what it has been, and what it ought to be--hopefully without conflating any of the three. Along the way conservatism will be distinguished not only from liberalism, but also from those well-known "fellow travelers" of the conservative movement--the so-called "religious right" and libertarians. 

Sundays, of course, will be devoted to religion--"blogging the Bible" if you will. The Rational Right is dedicated to a conservatism based upon reason not revelation. By reading the Bible, one can discern what truths--if any--can be found there and consider what relevance the "Good Book" has for citizens living in a 21st century republic. 

During the week  posts will offer reflections upon currents events or provide links to interesting reads elsewhere, whether conservative or liberal.

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