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Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Liberalism and Christianity

(And, of course, by "liberalism" the author means here the full gamut of liberalism's children, from socialism to libertarianism):

The logic to which liberalism tends is to dismiss [the] moral content [of its Christian roots] and replace [the] “objective” morality, held as valid by the different Christian churches, by a formal morality of “reciprocity” or “respect” by all of the “individuality” of all. To choose a crucial illustration, it is impossible for a society claiming to be in the Christian tradition to admit that the right to abortion be written into law, and it is impossible for a liberal society to refuse members this right. -- Pierre Manent

Hat-tip Dreher.

4 comments:

  1. Or some underlying morality inherent in the human condition was naturally incorporated into Christianity, and liberalism just pulled out the more fundamental points.

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    1. Well, except historically, we can see that's not what happened.

      Manent is a liberal, by the way, not a Christian, as far as I know.

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  2. There are many libertarians who extend the respect of all individuals to the unborn. Inasmuch as behavioral norms allow defense of others, it's perfectly reasonable to suggest that a society of such libertarians would indeed refuse its members that "right".

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    1. It's Manent's opinion. I just thought the quote was interesting, not necessarily 100% correct.

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