Sunday, January 26, 2003

WWJD: What Would Jesus Do? This is pretty useful for deciding some kinds of questions, but I have a lot of trouble trying to answer "What Would Jesus Do" in deciding what level of tariff to put on imported oranges, or in deciding whether selling marijuana should be a crime and if so what the sentence should be. He didn't discuss those sorts of issues. Paul says that one of the functions of government is to "bear the sword" and punish criminals, but I don't find much guidance for how to do this, or what the rules for taxes and war and peace are. Maybe I don't have enough imagination, or the chutzpa to make it up and claim divine sanction.

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