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August 15, 2012

“To remove God is to eliminate the final restraint on human brutality” - Alister McGrath

This quotation from McGrath is a variant of the Dostoevsky quote translated as "Without God all things are permitted". The evidence that McGrath and Dostoevsky are correct is quite simple: The Twentieth Century. -- Bruce Charlton's Miscellany

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 15, 2012 6:46 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Since Americans say they are becoming more irreligious and more atheistic, the portent is ill. Remember what even that arch-anti-religionist Nietzsche said, that with God dead, all we will have left is "Great Politics" and "there will be wars the likes of which have never existed on earth."

Posted by: Donald Sensing at August 15, 2012 8:54 AM

"We live in an age whose chief moral value has been determined, by overwhelming consensus, to be the absolute liberty of personal volition, the power of each of us to choose what he or she believes, wants, needs, or must possess; our culturally most persuasive models of human freedom are unambiguously voluntarist and, in a rather debased and degraded way, Promethean; the will, we believe, is sovereign because unpremised, free because spontaneous, and this is the highest good. And a society that believes this must, at least implicitly, embrace and subtly advocate a very particular moral metaphysics: the unreality of any “value” higher than choice, or of any transcendent Good ordering desire towards a higher end."

Christ and Nothing, by David Hart

Posted by: Donald Sensing at August 15, 2012 4:38 PM

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