The World’s Most Dangerous Idea

According to David Mills writing in First Things, there was recently a panel discussion on Australian TV.  The question of the day was, “What is the world’s most dangerous idea?”

Germaine Greer was on the panel and she said that freedom was the most dangerous idea.  Dan Savage’s candidate was the idea of population control.

The panel also included Peter Hitchens, brother of the late Christopher Hitchens.  He is a political and religious commentator for a British newspaper.  He said that “the most dangerous idea in human history and philosophy remains the belief that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and rose from the dead.”

The host told him he could not leave it at that.  So he elaborated:

Because it alters the whole of human behavior and all our responsibilities.  It turns the universe from a meaningless chaos into a designed place in which there is justice and there is hope and, therefore, we all have a duty to discover the nature of that justice and work toward that hope.  It alters us all.  If we reject it, it alters us as well.  It is incredibly dangerous.  That is why so many people turn against it.  (First Things, January 2014 issue, p. 70.)

 

 

 

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