Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Liberalism, the Church's Rebellious Teenage Child

"Medieval Catholic theology, philosophy and law are not the most obvious places to look for the roots of western liberalism," begins David Abulafia's review of a book that argues that is precisely the place to find them — ‘Inventing the Individual’, by Larry Siedentop. The reviewer reports that the author suggests that it is "the idea of 'moral equality' among individual human beings.... marks out the Christian west from the rest of the world, and that provided the seed bed from which sprouted a liberal ideology that has proclaimed itself to be staunchly secular, forgetting its Catholic origins."

The heretical nature of the ideology was delineated by Hilaire Belloc in last chapter of his tome The Great Heresies, titled "The Modern Phase." And Flannery O'Connor exposed where this ideology leads:
    In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long since cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chambers.

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