The difference between liberty and license was prominent in Stahl's view of freedom. Building explicitly on an Augustinian conception of ethics and freedom, Stahl articulates a counterintuitive view of political freedom we need to hear today.
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To Augustine, we have two ways of acquiring justice: transcendent and immanent. Some describe imminent justice as legal justice and transcendent justice as religious justice. However, the Social Justice movement conflates the two.
Russell Kirk said, "Our twentieth-century world has experienced the hideous consequences of the collapse of belief in a moral order." If we in society exchange belief in objective morality --a transcendent moral order-- for clever sophism is indubitably to commit moral suicide.
To be human is to be a responsible agent, accountable before the face of God. Paganism and secularism alike seek to deny that responsibility — either by denying God or by denying culpability.
Secularism is reductionistic. It is the rejection of the transcendent. If we cannot explain the existence of everything that we see by the transcendent explanation of a Creator beyond this world, we must explain all that exists based on its constitutive elements...
Kant, growing up in a Protestant family--yet rejecting theology--alienated the doctrine of vocation and created a secularized version. Thus, Kant influenced Marx with a global impact.