The Conservative Convert
The Life & Faith of Russell Kirk
by Eric Scheske
Terse Kirk. That’s one way to describe Russell Kirk, the literary critic and father of modern conservatism. He was the author of over thirty books and hundreds of articles, the founder of two quarterlies, and a busy speaker. But he was laconic when it came to his religion. Whereas many converts have a tendency to gush about their newfound faith, Kirk—a convert to Catholicism—didn’t write or talk much about it.
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