What’s the Issue with Classical Liberalism and Religion?

Source: Independent Institute
by Daniel B Klein & Daniel J Mahoney

“Religious groups can be fanatical or superstitious. But is religion necessarily so? Adam Smith spoke of certain sources as ‘almost the only causes which can occasion any very gross perversion of our natural sentiments.’ Those sources were ‘[f]alse notions of religion.’ As for classical liberals, they can be dogmatic and rationalistic, with a self-defeating subjectivism, an aversion to the supremacy of the good of the whole, a lack of appreciation for custom, tradition, and authority, a defective anthropology, and a thin understanding of virtue. But is classical liberalism necessarily or automatically so?” (09/02/22)