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3 (Spring 1967): 702–10. Another version was printed in “Extracts from Mr Burke’s Table-Talk at Crewe Hall. Written down by Mrs Crewe,” Miscellanies of the Philobiblon Society 7 (1862–1863): part 5, 53–9. The paper probably dates from April 1797, when Anne Crewe visited Burke at Bath. P. and one of the managers of the impeachment of Warren Hastings. 40. Harvey C. , and Jeffrey Hart, “Burke and Christianity,” Burke Newsletter 9 (Winter 1967–1968): 864–67. Burke and Religion ` 35 much firmer than his Christianity.
P. LOCK If not a crypto-Catholic, was Burke even a Christian? In Statesmanship and Party Government, Harvey Mansfield advances a cautious denial. ”32 This is certainly a plausible interpretation of the evidence. If I see a different pattern, I may simply be giving Burke the benefit of the doubt (a common enough habit of biographers), or I may have a less exacting notion of what constitutes evidence for Christian belief. ”33 Admittedly, such citations can never prove the case beyond doubt. Even if these statements amount to a “belief in Christian revelation,” as I believe they do, how is that belief consistent with Burke’s philosophy of religion?
Edmund Burke, On Empire, Liberty, and Reform, ed. David Bromwich (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000), 503. ” But in this train of thought, Burke is also concerned with a hidden and a more-than-political threat. It is human nature, he thinks, to be gregarious, to acquire and cherish attachments, to act from habit and trust rather than speculation. Yet human nature too is something we can lose. ”2 The fear of man therefore seems identical in practice with the revulsion we feel from suffering or committing acts of brutality and disgrace.