Friday, November 5, 2010

Baptizing John Locke

"It isn't often that John Locke is mentioned in discussions of Catholic social teaching, unless it is to set him up as an example of all that the Church supposedly rejects," begins Joe Hargrave on a thinker "considered one of the founders of a liberal and individualist political tradition that was rejected by the papacy in the 19th and 20th centuries" — How John Locke Influenced Catholic Social Teaching.

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Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Meanwhile, Locke mistrusted Catholics for following the Pope (he even ranked Catholics with Muslims, equating the Sultan of the Ottomans with the Pope).

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

He did write this, though:

"Lastly, those are not all to be tolerated who deny the being of God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist. The taking away of God, though but even in thought, dissolves all; besides also, those that by their atheism undermine and destroy all religion, can have no pretence of religion whereupon to challenge the privilege of toleration."

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