Concept which places high value on individual freedom. Philosophic individualism holds that individuals exist independently; the universe is a collection of individuals. Political individualism holds that the state exists for the individual. Economic individualism calls for free enterprise, personal initiative, competition, and survival of the fittest. Ethical individualism holds that each man's ideals are the measure of his morality; everything is right that the individual believes to be right; sin is not transgression of God's law, but violation of one's own conviction and character. For Bap. view of theol. individualism see Baptist Churches, 5.
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