Last week, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary professor Dr. Mark Snoeberger posted an article commemorating the life of Roger Scruton. Dr. Snoeberger describes Scruton as “[o]ne of the most important philosophers of our day” and laments that “almost no one noticed” his recent death.
Scruton was a proponent of conservatism and his philosophy is very relevant to our recent discussion on that topic. Describing conservatism, Snoeberger said, “Sadly, conservatism is not a popular idea today within Christianity (even, ironically, within conservative Christianity). Sometimes this is true because conservatism is misunderstood; most of the time, however, it is true because conservatism is understood quite well and is despised for what it is. Conservatism, simply, is the philosophy that in every sphere of life there are transcendent and foundational principles of order to which society must conform in order to both survive and flourish. These transcendent principles, which manifest in fixed, natural laws, preserve culture from the chaos that necessarily ensues from non-foundational philosophies such as progressivism, individualism, democratism, and post-modernism.”
The articles goes onto address some of the common charges against conservatism, including that it is legalistic. This is a charge that we’ve also talked about recently.
The whole article is worth reading and you can do so by clicking here.