That is as far as Singer ever gets in describing what a distinctively Christian ethic looks like. This from a man who is a distinguished philosopher and professor of ethics? The man New Yorker magazine called the greatest philosopher alive? He provides a clear working definition of utilitarianism and libertarianism with no trouble at all, but Christianity seems to throw him for a loop.
Judging by this vague and garbled account, I?d say the professor just hasn?t done his homework. This is surprising since Singer, though starting from false premises, is relentlessly logical. And when you consider that he?s writing a book about the ethics of George W. Bush and that Bush cites Christianity as the main influence in his life, Singer?s lack of effort to understand Christianity seems rather, well, unethical by any standard.
For further reading and information:
Douglas Kern, ? Beyond Peter Singer ,? Tech Central Station,
Michael Lind, review of The President of Good and Evil, New Statesman, 2004. Though Lind is no Bush fan either, he is highly critical of Singer?s book.
Click here to read the first chapter of Singer?s book.
BreakPoint Commentary No. 030409, ? Questions of Life and Death: The Activist and the Professor .?
BreakPoint Commentary No. 010412, ? Beyond the Pale: Peter Singer?s Latest Outrage .? (Archived commentary; free registration required.)
Armand Nicholi, The Question of God (Free Press, 2002).
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