Friday, October 9, 2009
Less religion = more government?
It sure looks that way. This reminds me of a quote from the father of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke: "Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without." Without the internal constraints upon human behavior provided by religious belief, a rise in the role and scope of government is inevitable. The internal constraints of conscience must give way to the external constraints of the government's coercive power.