Morality: Turn the Other Fender

By the testimony of statistics, an automobile is clearly an instrument of destruction, if not outright murder (worldwide, automobiles kill 200,000 persons a year). By Freudian analysis, it is the supreme expression of aggression in an increasingly depersonalized society. Under these circumstances, driving a car should be an urgent matter of concern for Christian moralists, contends France's Abbe Hubert Renard, and in a 306-page book entitled The Automobilist and Christian Morality, he attempts to fashion a schema of ethical principles for the Christian driver.

The aggressive driver everywhere, Abbe Renard points out,...

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