Taking Religious Conservatives Seriously

“Taking Religious Conservatives Seriously,” Foreword to Disciples and Democracy: Religious Conservatives and the Future of American Politics, ed. Michael Cromartie (Grand Rapids, MI: Ethics and Public Policy Center and William Eerdman's, 1994).


For the past century the rise of liberalism has been wedded to the rise of secularism in all areas of American life. In the decades ahead, the decline of secularism will signify the decline of liberalism as well. Already, on the far-left fringes of liberalism itself, artists and philosophers are welcoming the collapse of a “secular humanism” that they find sterile and oppressive. They can offer nothing to replace this liberal-secular humanism. But others can, and will. Today, it is the religious who have a sense that the wave of the future is moving in their direction.