The Christian Humanism of Russell Kirk

This course will examine the work and life (purpose) of Russell Amos Kirk (1918-1994) not just as the founder of post-war conservatism but also as a theological Christian Humanist, first and foremost concerned with personalism and the Incarnation. Kirk believed history should be seen as a whole, not divided into periods or dispensations. Just as the Incarnation bridged the flesh and the soul, so history bridged the past, present, and future, as well as time and eternity.

Recommended Reading

Russell Kirk, Prospects for Conservatives (any edition, but Dr. Birzer will be using the Imaginative Conservative Books edition), chapters 6-9.

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