More than values

SIR: Edwin Dyga (October 2014) distinguishes political conservatism (as practised by mainstream political parties) from the cultural conservatism of marginal political movements—concerned that, as a result, political conservatives are being absorbed into the dominant progressive paradigm. Although Dyga does not do so, those defending traditional values commonly refer to them as “Christian values” or as part of a Judeo-Christian tradition, which they are. Yet these terms are themselves a subtle denial of what they seem to defend, as if creeds were irrelevant and the Christian community a kind of family values fraternity. “Christian values” are the mere limb of the…

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