By Charlie J. Ray, M. Div.
Utilitarianism.Since economics is a descriptive science, those interested in defending a free society must find their means of defense elsewhere. Ludwig von Mises chose Utilitarianism. It was an odd choice for a refugee from totalitarianism, for if Utilitarianism could justify any political regime, it would surely be totalitarianism. The “greatest good of the greatest number” is a slogan that has been used to justify all sorts of (at the time) politically correct murders and depredations in the twentieth century. But Utilitarianism, though it purports to offer ethical guidance, is an ethical failure. It can provide no ethical guidance, for the calculations of pains and pleasures that it requires are simply impossible.(1) Utilitarianism commits the naturalistic fallacy as well, for the fact that men are motivated to act by pain and pleasure does not imply that they ought to be. -- Dr. John Robbins
[See also the three lectures posted at The Trinity Foundation: Is Christianity a Religion Part 1, Part 2, Part 3].Is Christianity a Religion?Is there such a thing as religion of which Christianity is one manifestation? This question is important for two reasons: Its answer will influence and reveal what a person believes Christianity to be; and on a broader scale it will determine the method that ought to be used in formulating a philosophy of religion. Therefore let us ask the question a second time in a slightly different form. Is Christianity a species of a genus? Whether this is answered affirmatively or negatively, certain further problems are introduced. If Christianity is a species of the genus religion, how is religion to be defined and what are Christianity’s differentiating characteristics? If it is not, what sort of philosophy of religion can there be, and what sort of philosophy of Christianity can there be? Apparently the first step in examining these questions must be the definition of religion. What is religion?
Gordon H. Clark. Religion, Reason and Revelation (Kindle Locations 262-271). The Trinity Foundation.
For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. (2 Peter 1:16 NKJ)All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJ)
"The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD." 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing." (Luke 4:18-21 NKJ)
A logically competent defense of a free society requires divinely revealed information; all other defenses fail. Sennholz, almost alone among eminent free enterprise economists, rests his defense of a free society on revelation. -- Dr. John Robbins
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