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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/8382/the-marketplace-of-christianity/

The Marketplace of Christianity

August 7, 2008 by

The Church of England has some monopoly power in this area, causing it to lose its focus and ignore the needs of its consumers. The Economist calls for its disestablishment. An excerpt:

Establishment brings fewer material advantages to the Church of England these days than the Lutherans, for example, enjoy in much of Scandinavia. And a creeping disestablishment is under way. Yet centuries of crowning kings, burying princesses, celebrating the nation’s victories, running a lot of its state-funded schools and getting Parliament to cast an eye over the decisions of its ruling General Synod have made the Church of England what it is. It prides itself on keeping the door open to all comers, though few pop in. It stresses inclusiveness and stands up for a public space for all faiths. Admirable stuff–but its numbers are falling.

Compare that with churches in America, or Africa. No theocrats they, but fishers of men in competitive waters. Their messages must be more sharply defined to win souls. But by keeping the focus soft, as an established church must, the Church of England, which dominates this least authoritarian of associations, has blunted the contest of ideas and distorted debate within the Communion (and its own ranks). Time, surely, for all sides to fight their corner, free of the shackles of the state.

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Bruce Koerber August 12, 2008 at 9:33 am

The beauty of subjectivism is that it allows people of differnt religions to be respectful of one another and to be in unity.

Who benefits from religious disunity? The atheists.

Those who believe in God, fear and love God, try their best to serve God and their fellow human beings, are good for civilization. Their ethics are those that come from a divine source.

The atheists devise their own ethics. It is not much different in principle than the underlying motivation behind interventionism – fallible and finite human dictates imposed on a inherently divine and infinite reality.

Atheists will ultimately have to flee from subjectivism because they lose the right to control.

pcrs August 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I’m an atheist, but I am not a subjectivist. Do I fit into your views?

Bruce Koerber August 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Dear pcrs,

You asked: ‘Fit into your views?’ I assume that you visit the Mises sight to learn, not to argue. If you visit to learn it must be because you are interested in classical liberalism to some extent. Subjectivism is a hallmark of classical liberalism.

Now you can answer your own question. If you are ‘not a subjectivist’ and are not interested in learning why subjectivism is the hallmark of classical liberalism then you will have a difficult time doing anything other than arguing. Again, now you can answer your own question.

pcrs August 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Dear Bruce,
Are learning and arguing contradictory? I am interested in learning something on economics and freedom. I fail to see how this has to be subjective.
I like to order my thoughts by the objective standard of the scientific method.
I did not think mises.org was exclusively for classical liberals.

Bruce Koerber August 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Dear pcrs,

Please do not regard my comments to you as representing anyone other than me. I am not speaking on behalf of the Mises Institute, rather I am simply sharing with you some wisdom.

I do not subscribe to any kind of coercion so of course you can pursue whatever you want however you want.

I wish you well in your search and suggest that someday, maybe, you explore subjectivism.

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