Recently Read: Margaret Thatcher shaped by her Methodist faith


Margaret Thatcher, the late Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and contemporary of President Ronald Reagan, was fundamentally shaped by her Methodist faith and upbringing.

Historian Dr. Eliza Filby delved into Thatcher’s deep-seated Methodism and how this influenced her conservative politics in her new book, God and Mrs Thatcher: The Battle for Britain’s Soul.


“Margaret Thatcher’s faith is not something that has generally been examined,” Filby said in a speech September 16 at The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank in Washington, D.C. Filby said most biographers and commentators have erroneously sourced Thatcher’s political convictions to the “resurgence of free-market economics from the mid-1970s” rather than her faith. Yet Filby argued in her speech that Thatcher was a woman of “beliefs, not ideals,” and it was the “beliefs of Methodism” that uniquely shaped her political worldview.

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As opposed to Hillary Clinton?!? Ms. Clinton could take many lessons from Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher was a class act. Hillary very much otherwise………………

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