Saturday, December 31, 2005

Covenantal Ethics (Part II)

Since i mentioned David Novak in an earlier post, i have come across another thinker who has a similar diagnosis of the socio-political situation of our day : Robert Kraynak.

Kraynak, in his 2001 book Christian Faith and Modern Democracy, lists five reasons why Christianity should be resistant to the ideology of human rights:

--Duties to God and neighbor come before one’s own rights.

--Pronouncements of a hierarchically structured church grounded in divine revelation take precedence over individual conscience.

--Original sin implies distrust of weak and fallible human beings.

--The common good must come before individuals.

--Charity and sacrificial love are higher goods than the potentially selfish assertion of rights.

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