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  •  No Reformation = No Liberalism? (none)
    Would you be bold enough to say that no reformation means no liberalism?  And that trying to push liberalism on cultures that have no gone through a reformation is difficult, that first we should focus on the cultural changes in the society that the reformation caused in our own Western civilization?

    "It's extremely difficult to govern when you control all three branches of government." ~~John Feehery, spokesman for Dennis Hastert~~

    by LoganFerree on Sun Feb 13, 2005 at 06:36:08 PM PST

    •  Yes And No.... (none)
      Historically, I think that modern liberalism would not have emerged without the Reformation. However, there was an earlier form of liberalism in ancient Greece. They didn't have our modern sense of individualism, but they had a lot more in common.

      However, for cultures that have been through the whole axial religious thing--which the ancient Greeks had not--I think that the reformation experience may very well be necessary before liberalism can really take root. Whether it needs to happen first, or whether both can happen simultaneously, I wouldn't want to say. But with no reformation at all.... I'd have to agree that that just won't work.

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