By John Kekes
In his contemporary ebook opposed to Liberalism, thinker John Kekes argued that liberalism as a political process is doomed to failure by means of its inner inconsistencies. during this significant other quantity, he makes a robust case for conservatism because the top substitute. His is the 1st systematic description and security of the fundamental assumptions underlying conservative proposal.
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For the pious Muslim, the mere recitation of the Arabic text can lead to a contemplative state of remembrance of God, and of forgetting of the world and the ego. Differences of Perspective between the Scriptures The events and teachings of the Bible reach us within a certain linear sequence, conveying a relatively direct and immediate understanding of its contents. As an eminently historical and indirectly doctrinal book, especially in the New Testament and the Pentateuch, one can say, metaphorically, that the contents of the Bible pass by us as a river: it is as if one is seated at the margin of this “river” watching the waters go by.
The Islamic vision of society’s organization is part and parcel of the religious perspective; from a certain point of view, the social and the political are an integral part of the religion. In other words, while Christ teaches that his kingdom “is not of this world” (John 18:36), conveying thereby a vision of the political domain as something foreign to the essence of religion, or of spirituality, Islam sees the social and the political as intrinsic to the religious domain. In Christianity the idea is prevalent that saints, more spiritually inclined persons, and virtuous souls are not necessarily victorious in this lower world, that they should in fact flee from the ordinary world and that their reward is in the next world; sacrifice and suffering are an important aspect of the religion, following the example of Christ himself.
The reason is that, unlike the Buddha and Christ, his spiritual reality is wrapped in certain human and earthly veils, and this because of his function as a legislator “for this world”. He is thus akin to the other great Semitic Revealers, Abraham and Moses, and also to David and Solomon. . 4 Of Islam, then, one can say that it organically integrates the political sphere into the general structure of the religion, presenting in this way a dimension that is properly political since its inception.
A Case for Conservatism by John Kekes