Updating the fairness doctrine

Goldie mentions only one of Locke’s religious writings, The Reasonableness of Christianity and describes it as “minimalist as to Christian doctrine, and reflecting his fear of clerical power and of religious ‘enthusiasm’ or fanaticism.” (Goldie, 2004) He summarized his position stating that “Locke himself says that “to give a man a full knowledge of true morality I shall send him to no other book but the New Testament.” How much clearer could one be? 126)They depended on reason and her oracles, which contain nothing but truth, but yet some parts of that truth lie too deep for our natural powers easily to reach and make plain and visible to mankind without some light from above to direct them. In his “Some Thoughts Concerning Education” for example, not only he recommends that children should read the Bible, but he also states that it would be better if someone would write a good history of the Bible for young people, and he adds by reading of it constantly, there would be instilled into the minds of children a notion and belief of spirits, they having to do so much to do in all the transactions of that history, which will be a good preparation to the study of bodies.

Like others who approach the history of ideas from the perspective of their contribution to the philosophy and practice of freedom, I had only focused on Locke’s writings on private property, tolerance, and the rule of law. Paul (1705) were among the earliest examples of modern Biblical criticism produced by an adherent of Christianity.” (Locke 1947, p.

If I make any comparisons it is to support the main conclusion that I reached after studying his work: Locke’s anthropology is based on his Christian views, and these views were essential to his contributions in political philosophy. Penniman wrote that “Locke was a deeply religious man. 17)Some of Father Acosta’s views might have influenced Locke’s view on toleration, as when he concluded that “There are no peoples so barbaric that they do not have something worthy of praise, nor are there any people so civilized and humane that they stand in no need of correction.” (Acosta [1590] 2002, p.

George Santayana started a lecture on Locke saying that a good portrait of him “should be painted in the manner of the Dutch masters, in a sunny interior, scrupulously furnished with all the implements of domestic comforts and philosophical enquiry: the Holy Bible open majestically before him, and beside it that other revelation—the terrestrial globe.” (Santayana, 1933, p. Yet, after all those studies, he spent the last years of his productive life to better understand the Holy Scriptures and explaining the benefits of Christianity, as well as becoming a great champion of theology. Penniman, in his introduction to “A Letter Concerning Toleration” recognized that “Locke’s reasonableness, his natural caution, and his “illumined common sense” appear to best advantage in his religious writings. 379)As Goguet, Acosta focused on the description of cultures where men “had neither kings nor commonwealth” (Locke, p.

Locke added: ‘This is that science which would truly enlarge men’s minds, were it studied, or permitted to be studied everywhere with that freedom, love of truth, and charity which it teaches, and were not made, contrary to its nature, the occasion of strife, faction, malignity, and narrow impositions.’(Locke, [1697]As he was incapable for a considerable time of going to church, he thought proper to receive the sacrament at home, and two of his friends communicated with him; as soon as the office was finished, he told the minister that he was in the sentiments of perfect charity towards all men, and of a sincere union with the Church of Christ, under whatever name distinguished. The Reasonableness of Christianity and An Essay for the Understanding of St. Paul Himself are models of sober scholarship when contrasted with the wrangling sectarianism of other writers in an era that produced so many ritualistic formulae for immortality.”J. Milton recognized that Locke had many intellectual concerns but acknowledged that “There can be no doubt that Locke was deeply interested in the kind of questions that arise in the area where religion, ethics, and politics mingle together, not only in the early 1660s but for the whole of his life . 126) in order to show that political societies “began from a voluntary union, and the mutual agreement of men freely acting in the choice of their governors and forms of government.” (Locke, p. “Locke represents a return to the Christian and Natural Law principles; to that authentic natural law which, according to Passerin d’Entreves, had found expression in Thomas Aquinas and in the Scholastics” because “for the these medieval authors, it is the law—the juridical order—not the king or the emperor, who should be the supreme authority in a nation.”Another reason perhaps some of the neglect of Locke religious writings is because most defenders of the free society in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century, approach the issue from an economic angle.

In order to give the children strength he told parents to “let them know that God, who made all things good for them, made the night, that they might sleep the better and the quieter; and that they being under his protection, there is nothing in the dark to hurt them.” (a true notion of a God, such as the creed wisely teaches, as far as his age is capable, and by accustoming him to pray to him, the next thing to be taken care of, is to keep him exactly to speaking of truth, and by all the ways imaginable inclining him to be good-natured.

Let him know, that twenty faults are sooner to be forgiven, than the straining of truth to cover any one by an excuse.” (Locke 1947, p.

322, point 139) There is nothing original about his proof and the only surprising thing about it is that he should have thought that it was logically cogent or that it would convince anyone who did not already believe the conclusion on other grounds.

Let him only he told upon occasion, of God, that made and governs all things, hears and sees everything, and does all manner of good to those that love and obey him.

You will find, that being told of such a God, other thoughts will be apt to rise up fast enough in his mind about him; which, as you observe them to have any mistakes, you must set right.

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