You are simply not inclined to see the emotionalism that drives conservatives as much as liberals since you project your own conservative emotional detachment onto other conservatives.
Thank you for stating your opinion on the matter. As a conservative who bases her views on economics, and changes her views from time to time based on what the data is saying, I don’t share it.
Conservative, by definition, means at least preferring traditional institutions, so nostalgia is not a bad definition of the emotion behind conservatism. Fear is another.
Conservative theories of governance do not “prefer traditional institutions”. In my view, you’re conflating social conservatism (which is not really conservatism at all) with issue and economic conservativism.
“Fear” is an element of both liberal and conservative polemics. Liberals make you afraid of Wall Street, Corporations, and the Koch Brothers, while conservatives make you afraid of devolving culture, in my view.
You said, “I believe you overstate this a bit”. My point is he did not. My later point is that you are underestimating how much emotions really play in our reasoning, conservative or liberal.
Re, Christian thought on emotions lie: Hmm. I could be wrong, but I think considering monastic passion/dispassion equatable to “emotions lie” is a bit of a reductionism.
I would point you to the famous debate between Gregory Palamas and Barlaam. That’s just one example.
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But, more broadly, it’s hard to come up with something that’s more “reductionist” than evangelical Christianity, compared to the its Catholic and Orthodox parents. If I’m not mistaken, the Southern Baptists reduce all of Christian theology to a set of principles that can be written on both sides of a credit card, in a small but still readable font.
Not many evangelical Christians would actually understand, either, this since most evangelicals believe in the depravity of man. Unless they have studied the Orthodox. And considering most Protestant evangelicals consider Orthodox a heresy, there is little chance of that.
Chuckles. How many evangelicals know that Luther’s disciples tried to join the Orthodox Church after his death?