Religious Individuals Versus Collectivist Control

Source: Brownstone Institute
by Bruce W Davidson

“A century ago, Princeton scholar J. Gresham Machen remarked that ‘historic Christianity is in conflict at many points with the collectivism of the present day; it does emphasize, against the claims of society, the worth of the individual soul … It does give a man courage to stand, if need be, against the world.’ Doing that very thing, in California Grace Community Church successfully battled the county and state governments after resuming face-to-face worship services during a lockdown. Similarly, members of the orthodox Jewish community of New York City clashed with the authorities over a refusal to cancel gatherings. However, dissident religious people seem to be in the minority; most conformed to such draconian government decrees.” (09/05/22)