Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Quoatables

"Liberty is the friend of Christ because it allows people to do what they want to do. And people soon learn that when combined with virtue, liberty produces great blessings, but when unrestrained by virtue, liberty is destructive. And when they then look to attain virtue, they often recognize that it is not in them, ...but that they must turn to God. Liberty is ultimately evangelical."

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‎"Those who elevate "tolerance" (by which they really mean "acceptance") above all other values, are intellectually incoherent. They endorse an absolutist relativism."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ultimately, liberty is irrelevant in your equation, and virtue is the only relevant factor.

Liberty+virtue=blessings
Liberty-virtue=destruction

Simply removing liberty from the equation leaves us with the same truth. So what's the point?

10:18 AM, December 23, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I don't think it does, at least not in this life.

Consider the virtue of thrift. Without the liberty to enjoy the fruit of your own labors, you sacrifice and save so that a tyrannical government can take it and give it to someone who they think ought to have it more than you. So without liberty, it is less apparent that one benefits from practicing the virtue of thrift.


Consider modesty in Islamic countries. How does one know if a woman is modest? If they are forced by law to wear the burka, one cannot know if they have the virtue of modesty or simply wish to avoid punishment. Again, without liberty the blessings of virtue and the destruction of vice is not much apparent.

8:15 AM, December 24, 2010  

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