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Liberal Sacraments

July 29th, 2019 | 2 min read

By Susannah Black Roberts

Recently, Adrian Vermeule published a piece in Church Life Journal in which he pointed out the inherently destabilizing nature of liberalism. As he describes it, the “natural laws” of the life of regimes dictate that the persistence of a regime through time depends on a preservation of continuity with the past. These laws, when taken into account, leads wise rulers to a set of prudential practices, which dictate that if a change is made to a polity, that change must be gradual; if substantial change is made, the outward forms should persist.

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Susannah Black Roberts

Susannah Black Roberts is senior editor at Plough. She is a native Manhattanite. She and her husband, the theologian Alastair Roberts, split their time between Manhattan and the West Midlands of the UK.