A Right to Say No? (ICYMI)
Is It Moral to Refuse the Vaccine?
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At For the New Christian Intellectual, we promote rational Christianity, for those who love their lives. We want the world to be filled with Christians who are skilled in moral reasoning.
This episode will equip you to understand one way Ayn Rand’s rational egoism matters at this moment in history.
Joshua 24:15 teaches us to take responsibility for what we will decide to identify good and evil — be rational:
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
This echoes a similar idea from Moses, which appeals to the rational self-interest:
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
As much as the authors at FTNCI care about and fight for correct Epistemology, and as much as we may end up talking about Politics, the most crucial insight driving FTNCI is the concept summed up in the idea of a rational Christianity for those who love their lives — the idea that it is correct for Christians to embrace Rational Egoism.
When you understand the meaning of Rational Egoism, many modern problems become a lot easier to understand and begin to solve.
For instance, consider the argument taking place right now between those who have not taken the Covid shot and those who want to mandate the jab, lest you lose your job, your liberty, including the right of free association and travel — and even the right to enter a grocery store.
I took to Twitter to voice my position on the right to say no to the vaccine. The Twitter mob shouted me down and called me horrible names while claiming I need to be more loving.
I grant, my Twitter post was a bit provocative.
“My bodily autonomy is worth more than your life.”
Things escalated quickly.
It is amazing how many Christians do not believe in individual rights.
In the responses to that tweet you will find out what is turning professing Christians into slaves of Caesar — and what is killing Western Civilization.
My friend David Morrill pointed out:
“Cody’s tweet was like a can of Raid sprayed onto a hill of fake Christianity, sending dozens of useful idiot Twitter theologians scrambling around in a panic.”
The following kind of response was typical. One man answered my tweet by flatly asserting:
“Your life and that of your family is worthless.”
(This was from a professing Christian.)
“That is certainly the position of those who I am speaking against.”
What is my tweet about? What is my argument?
Watch the video to find out!
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