A Question I Was Asked:

Aren't Christians Bound to Support Egalitarianism?

The Question: Aren't Christians bound to support Egalitarianism?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Depends what you mean. The Bible supports the view that all humans are equal in the sight of God; God will be impartial in His dealing with all men and women. However, God Himself has plainly created us all with differing talents and abilities (as several Scriptures, including 'the parable of the talents' recognises). A few individuals have brilliant minds, but others are more 'plodders,' they may still achieve a great deal in life but they will have to work harder. Yet others are very unacademic, they don't have the interest nor capacity for hard reading, research and study; It is obvious that such people still have a role to play, but it will tend to be in more manual areas, not involving any academic work or study. Many thousands of others are somewhere between these loose groupings. Actually we all know and understand this, nevertheless, to publically state such a thing is now considered very politically-unfashionable.

The modern political form of egalitarianism talks a lot about "equality," and one tends to feel that it is a very good and welcome thing but, if one looks just a little way beneath the surface, one finds a form of Marxism. There are leftist statisticians out there who are forever on the lookout for signs of "social exclusion" and for signs that one racial group are more likely to be arrested in certain parts of the country, and similar things of such a nature and use this new 'political egalitarianism' for a reason to cry foul, even before considering the underlying reasons.

For example, recently, here in the UK, there was something of a storm when it was found that most BBC Radio 4 listeners were white and middle class, few were black. Now of course there are very solid reasons for that; BBC Radio 4 focuses on long-term British and European culture; it is a very British and very European radio channel, also very southern (rather than northern) British - but why should it not be? It was seriously suggested that this radio channel needed to change, putting on more programmes which would appeal to blacks, Islamics and other groups. As Peter Saunders has commented in his 'The Rise of the Equalities Industry,'

The [BBC] trust recommended that more ethnic people should be put on air, that more ethnic minority drama writers should be recruited, and that BBC managers should do more to promote the station among 'minority ethnic opinion formers.' (p 4, Saunders).

Yet both the BBC and other radio and TV broadcasters have a multitude of stations and channels, several of which do appeal to those of other cultures, so why should BBC Radio 4 change just because it has great popularity with older white listeners in southern England? Such warped reasoning has been one of the fruits of the more misguided new egalitarianism of modern Britain.

Modern Marxist-influenced egalitarianism seeks a world of people of even abilities, education, dreams and goals, but that is a fanciful dream, totally unrelated to the real world.

As Saunders further states,

One obvious problem which all egalitarians face is that the three aspects of equality [legal, political and social]....are incompatible...formal equality is bound to generate inequalities of outcomes for as long as individuals are endowed with different capacities and are motivated to pursue different objectives: From the fact that people are very different it follows that, if we treat them equally, the result must be inequality in their actual position, and that the only way to place them in an equal position would be to treat them differently...Apply the same rule to people with different qualities and you will end up with unequal results. (p 11, Saunders).

In other words, in the world which we live in, "equality" is logically impossible because people vary so much in talents, abilities, plans, goals and conceptions of what constitutes 'success.'

So my answer to this question is that much of the modern political egalitarian movement needs to be viewed with extreme suspicion. Without doubt, much of it is Marxist in ideology.

The quotes, by the way, come from 'The Rise of the Equalities Industry,' by Peter Saunders (2011), published by Civitas. ISBN: 978-1-906837-33-4.

Robin A. Brace. February 27th, 2013.