Monday, February 12, 2007

"Conservative theology and conservative politics"

Cranach intends to blog this week about the relationship between conservative theology and conservative politics. My own political conservatism was heavily influenced by an anti-utopian skepticism which seemed to me an inevitable inference from the Christian doctrine of original sin. This should be interesting:
Commenters DavidinNorCal and tODD keep asking why so many conservative Christians think they have to be conservative in politics as well. That's a fair question, a good question. ...[Once] evangelicals were rather more likely to be Democrats. I used to be on the liberal side politically. But after the liberals championed abortion, I stopped believing all of their rhetoric about helping the little guy, wanting peace, crusading for social justice. Abortion is such a monumental injustice, such monstrous violence, such cruelty to little guys, that leftwing social self-righteousness became repellant to me.

Another factor in my becoming a political conservative was my time in Estonia, when it was still under the Soviet Union, and I saw the folly of a state-controlled economy and the oppressiveness of an all-powerful state.

Democrats used to be pro-life, as was just about everybody. If conservative Christians, who once had a home in that party, have been gravitating to the Republicans, it is just as big a question why the militant secularists have gravitated to the Democrats. In fact, I would wager that the latter have far more influence with the Democrats than Christians do with the Republicans. ...

Source: Conservative theology and Conservative politics

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