Some of the best “conservative” culture critics (David B. Hart, Ross Douthat, Barton Swaim) are considerably more “conservative” than I am in many respects, but I really enjoy and profit from their take-no-prisoners stance on things. In this short piece, Hart identifies the dark view of human nature that I share and that both the biblical outlook and classical Christian doctrine (St. Augustine as case in point) support. Here’s the link:
When such a view is combined with a robust love of life, a sense of humor, and a passion for justice, it’s mostly on target, in my opinion.
Caveat: Don’t trust Hart on Calvinism. He doesn’t like it, and worse, doesn’t understand it. I don’t think he’s familiar with Calvin himself, but only with the later caricatures.