Friday, October 21, 2005
 
Jurgen Habermas, a political philosopher:

The "contract theory" of politics, from which our modern conception of "government by consent of the governed" derives, would be difficult to conceive apart from the Old Testament covenants. Similarly, our idea of the intrinsic worth of all persons, which underlies human rights, stems directly from the Christian ideal of the equality of all men and women in the eyes of God. Were these invaluable religious sources of morality and justice to atrophy entirely, it is doubtful whether modern societies would be able to sustain this ideal on their own. In a recent interview Habermas aptly summarized those insights: "For the normative self-understanding of modernity, Christianity has functioned as more than just a precursor or a catalyst. Universalistic egalitarianism, from which sprang the ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights, and democracy, is the direct legacy of the Judaic ethic of justice and the Christian ethic of love."

From my brother, Glen


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"The greatest bestowal of God in the world of humanity is religion; for assuredly the divine teachings of religion are above all other sources of instruction and development to man. Religion confers upon man eternal life and guides his footsteps in the world of morality. It opens the doors of unending happiness and bestows everlasting honor upon the human kingdom. It has been the basis of all civilization and progress in the history of mankind."

(from a talk given by Abdu'l-Baha in San Francisco on 12 October 1912)

By Blogger dan, at 12:30 AM  

BTW, g, I hope you don't mind that I changed over the comments (Enetation frustrated me for the last time). I decided to leave the old comments accessible for reference - the "old" links can stick around as long as you feel is necessary...I was thinking maybe until all the current posts have been pushed off the front page. Is this OK to you?

By Blogger dan, at 12:50 AM  

You are my teacher and i humbly bow to your leadership.... i will follow you wherever you lead in this technical world we have created or entered or fallen... thank you for taking such good care of us here.

-g

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