The moral and spiritual foundation of progress

As reported in the "News & Commentary" column in this week's Sentinel, the former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, presented a lecture last year titled "The Moral Foundations of Society." Lady Thatcher's talk, sponsored by the Center for Constructive Alternatives at Hillsdale College in Michigan, was the closing lecture for the Center's seminar "God and Man: Perspectives on Christianity in the 20th Century."

Lady Thatcher discussed at length the effects of morality, and the lack thereof, on religion, government, politics, economics, and the legal systems of society. She also spoke candidly about the responsibilities that come with democracy and freedom. "So long as freedom, that is, freedom with responsibility, is grounded in morality and religion," Lady Thatcher argued, "it will last far longer than the kind that is grounded only in abstract, philosophical notions."

July 3, 1995
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