Friday, November 25, 2005

Jesus Wept

What is the "Christian viewpoint" on torture? According to about half of the readers on "World Views", apparently it's to do whatever gets the job done. Heck, Christ himself was tortured, and if he was going to condemn torture, you'd think he would've done it at the time! If there's a question between torturing and not torturing, just weigh the pros and cons of each and go with the better choice. Mistaking Christ for John Stewart Mill, aren't they?

Nevertheless, I'm very glad to see this being discussed and debated as an ethical issue. Notice how about half appeal to ethical standards and so oppose torture, while the other half appeal to authority as such, and so accept torture. Perhaps this is a normal breakdown in any society.

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