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Protestants and American Conservatism: A Short History

Gillis J. Harp


Protestant beliefs have made several significant contributions to conservatism, both in the more abstract realm of ideas and in the arena of political positions or practical policies. First, they have sacralized the established social order, valued and defended customary hierarchies; they have discouraged revolt or rebellion; they have prompted Protestants to view the state as an active moral agent of divine origin; and they have stressed the importance of community life and mediating institutions such as the family and the church and occasionally provided a modest check on an individualistic ... More

Keywords: Protestants, conservatism, individualism, acquisitive, hierarchies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199977413
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199977413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gillis J. Harp, author
Professor of History, Grove City College