Uncompassionate Conservatism

The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.”
—Luke 18:11–12

The Pharisees were the religious conservatives of their day. They were diligent in upholding the traditional faith and practices passed down from previous generations and stood against innovative theological principles. Their strictness in following the orthodox faith as they understood it to be was impressive. They worshiped regularly. They spent many . . .

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Thomas S. Buchanan is a member of the Orthodox Church and lives in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three children. He is a senior editor of Touchstone.

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