Friday, July 22, 2005

Beyond the frame of "Christian Conservatism"

I hate to say it, but Christian Conservative has a nice ring to it. I can feel it reverberating up and down my medulla oblongata. As much as I wouldn't accept that as a description of myself, it clearly resonates with something within our culture.

Is there a yin to that yang?

Agnostic Liberal seems a bit dry.

What's Left? Enlightened Progressive? Critical Animist? Secular Humanist? Savvy Hipster?

As much as I believe in the separation of Church and State, seems like there's a pithiness and audacity to the "Christian Right" that needs a stronger counterpoint.

I'm open to suggestions.

5 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

Would I get jumped on for saying that your taste for "Christian conservative" is one part alliteration and one part (perhaps the larger part; certainly the more critical part) the vestiges of accreted cultural authority, or, the weight of historical privileging of the dominant religion in our culture?

I think "progressive" will do fine. It has a bipartisan history; it embodies the notion that we can move forward, if we want (as opposed to automatically, as per many 19th-century notions of progress); and it implies or embodies the notion of self-correction that mere mortals must embrace, and which is embedded in our social contract, the Constitution. It's anti-original intent silliness without being revolutionary -- progress implies (though, strictly, it doesn't have to) gradual change, building upon the past, but not being chained to the past.

Plus, it starts with a nice popping sound, slides through some sinuous s's, and ends with a warm, vibrating v.

Yeah, marketing is easy! ;)

Friday, July 22, 2005 2:30:00 AM  
Blogger A.T. said...

Ha! I do agree that Progressive is the best option. It has that annoyance factor for us conservatives in that it (INCORRECTLY! ha!) claims for itself the mantle of "those who will move us forward" which, then, juxtaposes with "conservative" to make them/us seem like "those who are irrationally holding on to the faulty past." Really, "Progressive" bugs the heck out of me.

So that's probably the way to go.

So says the marketer.

Friday, July 22, 2005 6:46:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...


How about "well-hung together."

Friday, July 22, 2005 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

LOL! Well, if it annoys Christian conservatives, then it's probably OK. Meant to be inclusive of both parties, though -- the GOP has a history of progressive policies which they have apparently forgotten.

However, don't conservatives want to conserve what the organic body politic has grown over time...making only relatively small tinkerings to tradition? That's classic Burkean conservatism, and one of the most powerful conservative arguments: don't mess with complex systems too radically, as you're more likely to mess it up than improve it. Always worth keeping in mind, as well as the notion that some complex systems are worth overthrowing (i.e., slavery).

Burke was very interesting -- I still need to fully read (as opposed to partially in college a long time ago) Reflections on the Revolution in France, especially since I've read Paine's rejoinder, The Rights of Man.

Also on the docket: Burke's writing on the "sublime" -- a key Romantic document I've never read...

Too bad I have to work for a living!


Friday, July 22, 2005 1:04:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Ha! "Well-hung together" will certainly attract the macho vote...but they may balk at the "together" part...

Friday, July 22, 2005 1:05:00 PM  

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