January 28, 2014
'Inventing the Individual', by Larry Siedentop (David Abulafia, Financial Times)
Medieval Catholic theology, philosophy and law are not the most obvious places to look for the roots of western liberalism, which, according to Larry Siedentop, can be found in the idea of "moral equality" among individual human beings. It is this concept, he believes, that 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."In its basic assumptions," he asserts, "liberal thought is the offspring of Christianity", for "liberalism rests on the moral assumptions provided by Christianity".
How can it be otherwise if you believe Man was Created in God's image? How could it be if you don't believe God created man?
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2014 5:45 PM