Friday, 3 April 2009

Sinners & Saints

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"They dazzle us with Heaven and the damn us into hell"

The Diggers argued their position based on a religious ethic - which may have been a true belief or a pragmatic and necessary feature of 17th century political life. Religion is a subjective reality and a pretty poor base for an objective moral position. Nevertheless they clearly aim to expose the hypocracy and låck of compassion of the established church - with a vested interest in supporting the establishment to the detriment of the poor.
Politically the Diggers broke new ground - but perhaps their view on religion were just as novel?

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