From J. Budziszewski in The Problem of Conservatism
- Civil Religionism: America is a chosen nation, and its projects are a proper focus of religious aspiration. Christianity: America is but one nation among many, no less loved by God, but no more.
- Instrumentalism: Faith should be used for the ends of the state. Christianity: Believers should be good citizens, but faith is not a tool.
- Moralism: God’s grace needs the help of the state. Christianity: Merely asks that the state get out of the way.
- Caesarism: The laws of man are higher than the laws of God. Christianity: The laws of God are higher than the laws of man.
- Traditionalism: What has been done is what should be done. Christianity: Any merely human custom may have to be repented.
- Neutralism: Everyone ought to mind his own business, therefore moral and religious judgments should be avoided. Christianity: While one ought to mind his own business, moral and religious judgments can never be avoided.
- Mammonism: Wealth is the object of commonwealth, and its continual increase even better. Christianity: Wealth is a snare, and its continual increase even worse.
- Meritism: I should do unto others as they deserve. Christianity: I should do unto others not as they deserve, but as they need.
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