06 July 2006

Is Christianity actually pro-individual-liberty?

Stephen Cox thinks it is.  (So do I, for whatever it’s worth, especially the Calvinist strand.)  Cox’s article, “The Individualist Code,” is posted at the Ludwig von Mises site, and begins thusly:

What accounts for the popularity of "The Da Vinci Code" and other crackpot exposés of Christian history?
Part of it is the novelty factor: many people know so little about the history of any religion that even the oddest and dumbest falsehoods seem fresh and provocative to them. But there's another explanation too: People have an instinct for liberty, an instinct that urges them to rebel against institutions they regard as authoritarian and anti-individualistic. Rightly or wrongly, many people see Christianity in this way.
Read the rest.  It’s worth it.

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