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In citing the Westminster catechism, Holmes is saying that a Christian ethic must put God first, not the self. He says that the "highest end" of a Christian is to "glorify God and enjoy him forever." This position is in opposition to all forms of egoism, an ethical philosophy described by Holmes, which claims that a person ought to be motivated only by their rationally perceived self-interest in making decisions. Holmes intends to show that a Christian cannot really espouse such an ethical approach (indeed, in his view, that approach is not really ethical at all) and that Christian ethics by their definition decenter the self from a person's worldview.
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