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Thursday, January 12, 2006 

Christians and ZAP (Zero Aggression Principle)

Are these two things actually compatible? I'm not so sure. ZAP is as follows: No human being has the right -- under any circumstances -- to initiate force against another human being, nor to threaten or delegate its initiation.

Knowing plenty of Christians myself, it's hard to think that such a thing could coexist with their dominant god-concept. First, they're constantly under threat from god. If they deviate from god's teachings, well, in their minds the end result isn't too pretty. God isn't even complying with the ZAP. So, if man is made in god's image, then why would they even agree to go along with ZAP in the first place? And this only questions their internal conflict on the subject.

How exactly would they be able to maintain their ZAPness to others without violating either of their philosophical view points? There are many things that call for the Christian to directly use force or attempt coercion. Eternal damnation, wars(see: George Bush Jr.), and general hostility to name a few. This can apply to other religions too, I suppose.

One could say that all of this is meaningless as well. Why couldn't the Christian adhere to ZAP due to the god-concept being meaningless? I mean, their fairy-tale world has never caused anyone any harm. Right?

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