Both anti-conservatives and conservatives agree in that conservatism is ‘religious oriented’. (Greiffenhagen, 1986: 94)
For these pitiful creatures are so concerned not only to find what one or the other can worship, but to find something that all can believe in and worship; what is essential is that all may be together in it. (Dostoyevsky, 1943: 301)
This seems to be true, as well for the old value-conservatism as for radical conservatism, but to a lesser degree for mainstream structural conservatism. In fact there is a certain connection between the first two, especially in the link between the Spanish conservative thinker Juan Donoso Cortes (1809–53) and Carl Schmitt.
Juan Donoso Cortes is a true religious conservative thinker. If one separates politics from theology ...