Irving Kristol, called the “godfather of neoconservatism,” believed strongly that religious questions lay at the bottom of political ones. Ultimately, he saw his own political thought as born out of the distinction between the “rabbinic” or “orthodox” approach that accepts the world as it is and the “gnostic” or “prophetic” approach that seeks to transform, rather than improve, society. Kristol’s major writings on this subject (among others) can be found in the Mosaic e-book On Jews and Judaism.
Irving Kristol’s Political Theology
Israel’s New Government Flies in the Face of the Country’s Western Critics
Commenting on the recent swearing-in of the new governing coalition in Jerusalem, Shany Mor writes: