Liberal & Conservative

“Liberal” and “Conservative” carry a lot of baggage and we often use them to define aspects of our worldview. But what do they really mean? I thought it might be helpful to define them in the abstract and let you apply them to your worldview as you see fit.

Liberal/Progressive:  The idea that the world (mankind/society) is constantly evolving or progressing, therefore, the rules of government, morality, theology, etc. should evolve to keep up with them.

Conservative:  The idea that the world appears to be evolving in terms of technology, cultural awareness, education, etc. but that the nature of mankind is the same as it has always been, therefore, the rules of government, morality, theology, etc. should remain constant.

As believers, unless “biblical” is the primary adjective for our worldview, the others are irrelevant. It’s never a good idea to begin a worldview discussion with politics that are corrupted by fallible men rather than principles that are defined by the inerrant Word of God.


  1. Aimee @ on September 3, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Good explanations. Great conclusion. The cartoon is a nice touch too. Hee, hee…

  2. Aimee @ on January 4, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Bill, nice to find you here. I’ve updated your link on my page. Wonderful new header. I’m assuming we’ll hear more from your book and material here, too, yes?

    • apologetics1 on January 4, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      thanks – I haven’t posted anything in a while b/c I’ve been busy writing the workbook and leader guide to go with my book. Handed off first draft to the publisher yesterday. Yes, I will be posting book material here. Hope you are enjoying Wichita.