What is Needed to Restore A Moral Citizenry?

Juicy Ecumenism | 7/16/2019 | Mia Steupert
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This past Monday The Heritage Foundation hosted a speaker event featuring Timothy Goeglein, the Vice President of External Relations for Focus on the Family. His speech focused on previewing his recently published book, American Restoration: How Faith, Family, and Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our Nation.

The book, as Goeglein explained in his speech, is a framework to renew the citizenry of America and the culture of America. Goeglein hypothesizes that through a focus on faith, family, and personal sacrifice America, as a collective country, can be renewed, restored, and regenerated. Goeglein highlighted the conservative roots that underpin his and coauthor Craig Osten’s thesis regarding the restoration need to regenerate America’s soul by quoting Russell Kirk’s famous line “The Conservative is concerned with the regeneration of spirit and character.”

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Goeglein praised several books that addressed the cultural crises afflicting America such as Coming Apart by Charles Murray, Generation Unbound by Isabel Sawhill, and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. Where these books eloquently addressed the crises affecting America’s culture, Goeglein and Osten seek to address solutions for America’s restoration and renewal within their own book.

Goeglein believes the solution to America’s cultural crises and a subsequent lack of a moral citizenry lays in the culture, not through “big government” programs like The Great Society. Goeglein compared his position regarding the need for cultural, before political, renewal to the positions of famed conservative Edmund Burke and Pope John Paul II. Ordered liberty, according to Goeglein and many other noted conservative thinkers, has its roots in two parallel concepts; liberty and virtue...
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