Monday, April 30, 2007

Christian Thinking and the Development of PC

Political correctness now infects all aspects of western society. From the corporate world to education to politics. A good essay on how Christian thought may have provoked this evil:

A Christian Background for Political Correctness?

  • "As a non-Christian, I have been complimenting Christianity for contributing immensely to many of the positive aspects of our culture. But precisely because Christianity has so profoundly shaped our culture, isn’t it plausible that it may also, at least indirectly, have contributed to some of the flaws that currently ail us as well?".....................
  • "One major component of Western self-loathing is the idea that we should we be punished for crimes, perceived or real, committed by our ancestors before we were even born. It could be argued that this idea has its roots in Christian thinking, in the concept of original sin, committed by Adam and Eve, but where all their descendants are subject to its effects. Christian ethics have proved more durable than Christian beliefs. Even when we have supposedly left the religion behind, we still believe we have to make atonement for the sins of our forefathers, but since we no longer believe that Christ has made that sacrifice for us and washed away our sins, we end up sacrificing ourselves instead."
The bolded statement has been a catastrophe both for the perceived criminal and victim. The offender lives in world begging for constant forgiveness, the so-called victim gets to live a world of where modern realities can be traced backed to some original sin.

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