If it’s not illegal, it shouldn’t be a sin

11 02 2019

This is my flippant “hot take” of the week. I’ve been thinking some about the “culture wars” since my post on Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option. For the longest time, I’ve thought it a rather problematic idea that once established religions supported by the state (such as Roman Catholicism) need to “go underground” once their beliefs and morality once backed by power suddenly become persecuted by the same power. Why not just go with the flow then? The Peace of Westphalia brought us the principle of “cuius regio, eius religio” (the religion of he who governs is the religion of the realm). Under that principle came an emphasis on all sorts of things that modern people find repugnant. Sin and legality aligned relatively well, at least on serious sins. Sure, there were always prostitutes who were tolerated, but their behaviors were regulated. People could lie and cheat, but it was still frowned upon as it is now. So is murder (of post-birth people at least) and theft. There was hypocrisy of course, that’s another given. Read the rest of this entry »