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Irving Kristol’s Creed

From David Frum’s Dead Right:

Indeed, at a conservative conclave in January 1991, Irving Kristol argued that neither the conservative movement nor the Republican Party is interested enough in religion:

Too many of our conservative intellectuals–I would say all conservative intellectuals–are too secular in their mind sets, whether they’re secular or not in their daily habits, as most are, but they’re too secular in their mind sets. There is just no way in which we are going to be able to answer the kinds of questions that are being thrust upon us by the Newest Left…without having a solid grounding in a religious tradition which authorizes our answers and which proposes other models of human relations and other ways of looking at human beings and their place in the world.”

One of the other guests, Terry Teachout…asked Kristol whether “intelletuals who lack religious faith can effectively advocate it for others.” Kristol’s reply was a nervous “yes.”

Terry TeachoutMr. Teachout is the drama critic of the Wall Street Journal and the critic-at-large of Commentary. Satchmo at the Waldorf, his 2011 play about Louis Armstrong, has been produced off Broadway and throughout America.

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