The conservative and the classical perspective defines innovation as taking place one small step at a time. Classicism developed forms and did not reject or discard past forms. Classicism required “beauty and clarity of form, nobility of subject, meaningfulness, and catharsis in a work of art.” (see “Can there be great composers anymore,” by Webster Young) Also, classical art begins from nature and builds on nature. Modernism and the revolutionary perspective define the new as individualistic, completely original, iconoclastic. Modernism destroys form as its basic principle.
Revitalized conservatism and neoclassicalism apply innovations to past and evolved forms in politics, art and culture. But this applies to religion too. Innovation in religion builds on past forms, and this includes most importantly building from nature, using and idealizing nature.
Religion has gotten away from nature and neglected the “chord of nature,” for example, in virtually rejecting evolution in nature, and more or less rejecting science as well. The Evolutionary Christian Church (ECC) returns to the classical and conservative principle of including nature in religion, politics and art, as well as building on past forms.
Rejecting all innovation of past forms can create the same barrenness as destroying all past forms in the name of originality. ECC owes its form to past forms yet redefines a new melody within the form. This defines Revitalized Conservatism and Neoclassicism within the Evolutionary Christian Church.