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By David Kelley

ISBN-10: 188257771X

ISBN-13: 9781882577712

The welfare country rests at the assumption that individuals have rights to nutrition, take care of, wellbeing and fitness care, retirement source of revenue, and different items supplied by means of the govt.. David Kelley examines the historic origins of that assumption, and the reason used to aid it this day.

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30 But the most striking example of Arnold’s breaking away from the prejudices of his father (and indeed of his class) with respect to Jews and Judaism is to be found in his religious books of the seventies. St. Paul and Protestantism (1871) treats “the great mediaeval Jewish school of Biblical critics” with a respect rare among Victorian Christian writers, mainly because they provide support for Arnold’s view that the Bible is a work of literature and not of (exploded) science. ”31 In Arnold’s next book, Literature and Dogma: An Essay Towards A Better Appreciation of the Bible, first published in 1873, “Jewish” concerns play a central role.

His declared aim was to demonstrate only the effect of their religion upon the language of the Jews who were the authors and protagonists of the Hebrew Bible. But in pursuit of this aim he spread his net much wider and at least came close to allowing that Jews had (and have) a religious culture and inner world of their own. He begins, to be sure, with a linguistic matter, namely, the Hebrew people’s mode of naming God. The name they used, Arnold insists, was “The Eternal” and not Jehovah, “which gives us the notion of a mere mythological deity, or by a wrong translation, Lord, which gives us the notion of a magnified and non-natural man” (182).

As we have seen, Mill fell readily into the habit of his Christian countrymen of celebrating and espousing the “universalism” of Christianity in opposition to the particularism of Judaism (and several other religions). In his essay on Sedgwick, for example, he wrote that “Christianity does not deliver a code of morals, any more than a code of laws. Its practical morality is altogether indefinite, and was meant to be so. This indefiniteness has been considered by some of the ablest defenders of Christianity as one of its most signal merits, and among the strongest proofs of its divine origin: being the quality which fits it to be an universal religion, and distinguishes it both from the Jewish dispensation, and from all other religions.

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