More on Religion and Liberty

While preparing for my Theology exam, I came across this nice little passage by Stephen Carter in The Culture of Disbelief:

As the apparatus of government grows, and its control over the lives of citizens increases, the situations in which meanings are imposed become of necessity far more numerous, and conflicts between the visions imposed by the state and the visions imposed by the religions become more frequent. A pervasive, totalitarian state will of course find these conflicts threatening, which is why religious liberty is among the first freedoms to go when statist dictators take firm hold.

In short: Statism demands absolute loyalty from individuals. Religion thus threatens the statist, and statism will seek to destroy or supplant religion. Religious people ought to oppose, not support big government.

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