Liberal Democracy as a Culture of Death: Why John Paul II Was Right


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Pope John Paul II's encyclical The Gospel of Life is the locus classicus for the claim that a culture of death is enshrouding the modern world. His identification and critique of what he calls the “culture of death” directly challenge liberal democracy, particularly on its separation of freedom from truth. This essay will focus on that challenge. The first part offers an analytic introduction to the term “culture of death,” the second part unfolds the late pope's argument, and the third part advances a defense of it. What and Where is the “Culture of Death”?Critics of abortion, euthanasia, and…
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