Christians dare not succumb to either rationalism or relativism; rather, because of our mind’s limits and our sins, we must be dependent on revelation. The Word of God breaks into our narrow, human minds with God’s judgment and His grace, confounding both the modernists and the postmodernists.
Conservatism and libertarianism, at heart, are at odds. Conservatives hold that society is no mere temporary contrivance, but based on ‘Eternal Contract,’ as it were.
For centuries Western nations have prized a social structure which places heavy emphasis on harmony of interest. High levels of social concord have given way to de-centralization of power structures and increased personal liberty.
Man, being now in a fallen state, is at enmity with this natural order of things and seeks to suppress the glory of God. In his rebellious state man seeks unnatural means to an unnatural end. But since this world belongs to God, He alone may determine the terms of its right and proper use.
The cultural gods have summoned us once again to fall down and worship. Too many Christians have shuttered at the flames before them and have hit the ground and kissed the dirt.
Every statesman of the Reformation epic who, like John Knox, argued the right and duty of the states to educate the children, also argued State religion as an imperative duty from the same premises. Not a single leader of opinion can be found for two hundred years so absurd as to assert the one inference and discard the other.