Edmund Burke's Battle With Liberalism: His Christian Philosophy And Why It Matters Today
In this ground-breaking study, Samuel Burgess examines the Christian foundations of the thinking of Edmund Burke, widely regarded as the philosophical father of conservatism.
Burke’s critique of the secular humanist ideologies that inspired the French Revolution are more than ever relevant today, since these ideologies now dominate public policy, undermining the God-given and organic structures of society.
Author, Samuel Burgess, gained a first-class degree in theology at the University of Durham, and subsequently studied for an MPhil at the University of Cambridge and a DPhil at the University of Oxford.
“In this important book, Samuel Burgess performs the signal service of discovering the Christian roots of Burke’s compassionate conservatism—especially those running through the common law. In doing so, he supplies Christians today with a rich intellectual resource as they strive to get the measure of the anti-patriotic, multicultural, cosmopolitan, and secularist assumptions of the liberalism that now prevails among us.”
Foreword by Professor Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford
“Two centuries onwards Burke’s legacy remains one of the most influential of any man to have served in Parliament. This vital book explores the necessity of Christianity to the vision of a free society Burke sought to protect and to propagate. A most welcome contribution to Christian social thinking in Great Britain.”
Sir Edward Leigh, MP
“It is a compelling explanation of the Christian underpinning of Burke’s thought and the continuing relevance of both to modern political problems. An unexpected page turner, covering high philosophy in readable prose.”
Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP