Do conservatives believe in a people’s right to revolt or a state’s right to secede? Is there a spark of divinity in man, or is mankind so benighted that its rights exist only at a state’s behest? If the Republicans are going to reflect on what kind of party they now wish to be, as so many pundits have suggested they do, they could not start with a more important and fundamental issue.
The fact is, the conservative social agenda makes no sense outside of the liberal understanding of society and government . . . . Likewise, a liberal understanding of society and government cannot survive forever without what Washington called in his first inaugural address “the pure and immutable principles of private morality.”
1 Ideals must burn low and long and locally. Lincoln was my kind of idealist. He understood the hell in his own idealism. 2 Lincoln thought the winning ideals in 1783 and 1865 were the same, though few on the winning sides would have agreed on the ideals or were even idealists. 3 The moderation [...]
The Anglican Communion, including the Episcopal Church, considers itself the via media (“the middle way”) between the rest of Protestantism and Roman Catholicism. Richard Hooker, an Anglican priest and theologian, cleared this path from a theological and philosophical perspective through his book Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, published in two sections in 1593 and [...]