From the June, 2003 issue of Touchstone
conversion The Conservative Convert by Eric Scheske

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.

As a result, perhaps it is not surprising that there has been no treatment of Kirk’s religion since his death in 1994. But a sense of the transcendent informed everything he wrote. At some point, his religi . . .


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