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Margaret Thatcher Obits Overlook Her 'Devout Christian Faith'

(Updated) Iron Lady, who died today at 87, cited C. S. Lewis among her influences.

Update (April 10): The Economist notes Thatcher's "Sermon on the Mound," her "impassioned" defense of "individual salvation over social reform, the legitimacy of moneymaking when combined with altruism, and the 'responsibility that comes with freedom and the supreme sacrifice of Christ.'"

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Obituaries are flooding the Internet following the death today of Margaret Thatcher, the United Kingdom's first female prime minister–and one of the most controversial yet influential to ever hold the post. But overlooked is how her Christian faith inspired the Iron Lady's politics.

"Few obituaries are likely to mention her devout Christian faith, which was the foundation of her political programme and the bedrock of her conviction for less government, lower taxes, more freedom and greater personal responsibility," notes Cranmer, a British blog on religion and politics. It rounds up the many statements that Thatcher made on faith and politics over her career, including a 1988 speech given at the "zenith ...

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