Margaret Thatcher had a serious Christian faith, her biographer has said.
Charles Moore was writing in the Spectator magazine, in a review of the book ‘God & Mrs Thatcher’ by Eliza Filby,
Mr Moore said: “Not all who knew Mrs Thatcher agree that she was religious. In a way, they are right. She was not churchy or denominational”. He said the former prime minister “was not sacramental (she once told me that her twins were baptised but ‘didn’t have the water’) or spiritual”.
“But [her husband] Denis thought she had a serious Christian faith, and I think he would know.”
Mr Moore wrote: “Her religion was of a kind which once dominated England. God’s word, expressed in the Bible, set out how to live. People should try to follow this, not only in their private lives, but in the ordering of society. This was a lifelong, exacting duty, requiring ceaseless work to improve oneself and serve one’s country. Material wealth was part of the good harvest which the country needed.
“Somewhere inside these thoughts was an almost Jewish idea of a chosen people: her talk of Victorian values was partly a romanticised folk memory of a special, British (or rather English) Christian order.”