Political theorist Patrick J. Deneen notes two different and conflict schools among Roman Catholic conservatives: one believes that Catholic Christianity is compatible with American democracy, with its ideals of freedom, individual rights, free markets, etc. The other faction believes that all of these American ideals grow out of a philosophical liberalism that is incompatible with Catholic Christianity.
Read Prof. Deneen’s account, excerpted after the jump. Can these arguments have resonance for non-Catholic Christians? Or non-Christian conservatives? Are American Christians too wedded to “Americanism”? Or would the anti-American line of thought yield a political system that is far worse? [Read more...]