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In light of the recent giant lurch towards statism, I have wondered why this trend, although apparent, was slower under previous administrations. I know that the basic philosophical attitude in both the religious right and the socialist left is rooted in altruism, but does Christianity grant more individual choice than the statists?

I think that the Christian concept of free will allows for an indivdual to choose for him or herself how to live their lives. In other words if a person doesn't follow the Church it's his problem and he will suffer the consequences in the after-life. I realize that this probably doesn't apply to the past when the Church had much more influence than it does today. But in today's secular society, with the exception of some outspoken evangelicals, I see religion promoted as more of a choice one has to make for themselves.

The statist, on the other hand, seeks to remove that personal choice and wants to force individuals, under threat of law, to follow his altruistic agenda. He seeks to replace, in the here and now, "god" as judge and punisher in the so-called after-life. This would seem to lead to the speeding up of the inevitable outcome of their philosophical system that we now see.

asked Jan 23 '11 at 13:36

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Christianity and statism are not really comparable. Christianity, as a religion, constitutes an entire philosophy. Statism is a theory and practice of government, and it can be secular or religious - including Christian - in its justification. Are you looking for a contrast between secular (left-liberal or socialist) statism versus Christian statism?

(Jan 23 '11 at 14:14) Andrew Dalton ♦ Andrew%20Dalton's gravatar image

Yes, I think that is the contrast I am trying to clarify.

(Jan 23 '11 at 14:20) Donovan Donovan's gravatar image

After thinking further on this, I realize Ayn Rand described this in her essay For the New Intellectual. The secular statist represents Attila and the Christian statist represents the Witch Doctor.

(Jan 24 '11 at 22:51) Donovan Donovan's gravatar image

Agreed, Donovan. The end result with either is that individuals "belong" to society not themselves. Rather than a right to life, such societies allow citizens to live at the pleasure of the society.

(Jan 25 '11 at 11:16) ethwc ♦ ethwc's gravatar image
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