Thursday, February 28, 2008

Over at Crummy Church Signs, I find a message that really has no business being on a church sign:
Want a perfect life? Make right choices.
Where do I even begin unpacking how unchristian this is? If we could make right choices and live a perfect life, what need have we of a Savior? Morons...

2 Comments:

At 3/01/2008 3:06 AM, Blogger jeff biebighauser said...

Yes but - isn't that the foundational argument of libertarianism?

 
At 3/01/2008 6:08 AM, Blogger Randomscrub said...

No, the foundational argument of libertarianism is generally accepted to be that nobody has a monopoly on truth, which is why people disagree so vehemently on important matters. Given this, we should adopt a system wherein people are accorded the maximum amount of freedom in keeping with the protection of certain individual rights, so that they can (theoretically) live in accordance with their conception of the good, rather than someone else's.

Or you can take my personal view, which is that in a fallen world, it is unreasonable to expect our leaders to be able to resist the temptation to abuse power. Given this, we should restrict the scope of the state, in which such leaders can (legally) to use or threaten to use violence on citizens, and increase the scope of individual freedoms, which also increases the scope of purely voluntary cooperation (rather than the compulsory form found within the state's purview).

Libertarianism (or at least my version of it) is never an affirmation of one's own ability to "make right choices." It is a denial that anyone else can make the "right choices" for you.

 

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