Where do you go for intelligent conservative commentary? For weeks now my solicitor friend Scott has been trying to persuade me on the virtues of the (conservative) Liberal Party and the vices of the (progressive) Labour Party as we draw ever closer to the Australian Federal Election. So far he has convinced me of the latter, but not the former, with the consequence that I am now more likely to vote informal than anything else, much to his horror and exasperation.
Even so, I have found our conversations helpful in clarifying what lines of argument I find more convincing. I am turned off by anything that smells of xenophobia or anti-intellectualism, no matter how subtle. I am also turned off by any form of ethical reasoning that puts the earlier prophets and later apostles on par with Jesus, no matter how well intentioned. That my friend largely avoids these pitfalls is why I find his arguments more compelling than that of his supposed representatives. I would love to hear more Christ centred arguments from conservative Christians but ironically I find they are hard to come by. It leaves me feeling that the religious rhetoric of many politicians is little more than a fig leaf. I do however accept that there are thoughtful, welcoming, conservative Christ-centred Christians out there. I just wish I could find more, whatever their political leanings.