Weekly Friday Posts

March 29, 2019

American conservatives are, generally speaking, interested in conserving the American institutions of secular democracy.  As such, there are some similarities between conservatism and secularism.  There are also differences aplenty, as I’ve covered in the prior four posts.

While not all conservatives are religious, conservatism does defend the religious tradition as more than just an interesting relic that ought to be preserved for its histor...

March 15, 2019

Secularism has historically put science on a lofty pedestal.  Indeed, some secularists go so far as to ascribe to scientism—the belief that genuine knowledge of reality can be obtained through the scientific method of observation and experimentation only.  I dealt with scientism in Part 2 and Part 3.  But not all secularists believe in scientism.  Many secularists would rightly say that science alone is not the only window we have to genuine...

March 1, 2019

In Part 2 I began to argue why scientism—a belief generally associated with secularism—is unreasonable.  Scientism is the view that genuine knowledge of reality can be obtained through the scientific method of observation and experimentation only.  While I listed several reasons why we should be suspicious of this view in Part 2, I will tackle one of the most compelling reasons in this post: your self-awareness.

Cogito Ergo Sum

Cogito Ergo Sum...

February 15, 2019

Secularism, like most political terms these days, can mean many things.  As I endeavored to explain in Part 1, the sort of secularism I wish to compare and contrast with the conservative view is the secularism that is not merely neutral on religious matters, but holds to the belief that religious and moral teachings have no business in the public square because they cannot be factual in the same way that science can be factual.

This is a belief we...

February 8, 2019

Thus far in the How does a Conservative differ series I’ve compared conservatism to libertarianism, authoritarianism, populism, centrism, and—most recently—nationalism.  Now I’d like to turn our focus to secularism.

And by secularism I’m not referring to the principle of separating institutions of government from institutions of religion—though that idea is present.  Rather, I mean an indifference, rejection, or exclusion of religious consideratio...

January 4, 2019

In Part 2 we saw how one of the benefits of nationalism is its role in providing defense for the nation/state.  Today we’ll talk about how nationalism can provide for tranquility within the nation.  In the fourth and final post I’ll turn to how nationalism can go awry.

Religious Wars

Let’s roll the clocks back four centuries or more.  Long before the United States came into being, the nations of Europe fought endless wars amongst themselves....

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