What is 'dragging posts forward from before?'
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
There may be something known as Christian Capitalism but it's of little consequence.There actually IS something known as "Christian capitalism", just as there's also Islamic Banking Laws, and the like.
Which is why its of little consequence. Nobody really cares about it.I question the notion however that Christianity is a source tool for the practice of an economic ideology beyond simple morals and ethics that
might be found in any established faith, but more importantly I question the notion that Christian capitalism gives license to the interpretation of
wealth generation because Christian scripture is open to so many interpretations and sub-sects that the first question is, WHICH Christian faith is considered
These are questions no one is raising and there seems little interest in the subject.Should we adhere to the tenets of Southern Baptists? What about Episcopals? Catholics? Unitarian Universalists? Seventh Day Adventists? Mormons?
And what about the Jews? Are they hereby cut out because they don't see Christ as the Messiah?
Well, that's very interesting.Generally speaking, Christ commands his followers to be generous, compassionate and mindful of the needs of the poor and he admonishes those who would
interpret their own great wealth as a sign that they are good practitioners of faith. He makes clear in his teachings that wealth on Earth is not the same as wealth in the Kingdom of HeavenThat's in direct opposition to the currently popular "prosperity gospels" being hawked around the megachurch universe.Thus we're already in the middle of theological arguments before we even start. And I call into question any notion that Christianity pays homage to any form of socially darwinistic attitudes toward the less fortunate. So for me at the very least, the question of Christianity being the most important template for an economic blueprint is not settled because interpretations of any religion are always unsettled, due to their nature.I particularly take exception to fundamentalist interpretations of religion OR economics, or both.
It's alread law that women get equal pay for equal work, though apparently this isn't the case in the Obama White House.Not supporting equal pay for women (even Romney dropped that ball).
No one is obstructing their 'reproductive' rights if they want to reproduce. What many are saying is that abortion is a very bad thing. If everyone wanted to end babies lives the world would not necessarily be a better place.Obstructing women's reproductive rights.
I'm just going to ignore the little "bon mot" about "the libruls" and plod firmly along with the subject instead."....difficult to tell when liberals are joking or being serious."
That okay with you?
Okay, it is entirely possible that you might have missed this bit of writing from Brat.
Here's this supposedly highly educated professor, expecting us to believe that if we all just group hug and embrace his Christian pop-psy pablums,Capitalism is here to stay, and we need a church model that corresponds to that reality.
Read Nietzsche. Nietzsche’s diagnosis of the weak modern Christian democratic man was spot on.
Jesus was a great man. Jesus said he was the Son of God. Jesus made things happen. Jesus had faith. Jesus actually made people better.
Then came the Christians.
What happened? What went wrong? We appear to be a bit passive. Hitler came along, and he did not meet with unified resistance.
I have the sinking feeling that it could all happen again, quite easily.
The church should rise up higher than Nietzsche could see and prove him wrong.
We should love our neighbor so much that we actually believe in right and wrong, and do something about it.
If we all did the right thing and had the guts to spread the word, we would not need the government to backstop every action we take.
I think the main point is that we need to synthesize Christianity and capitalism.
“God and the Advanced Mammon — Can Theological Types Handle Usury and Capitalism?” - Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology
no one will do anything wrong anymore and we won't need government. One could also interpret it as "we better embrace the tenets of
Christian capitalism or Hitler will come back."
This is so utterly absurd it would be funny, except it's a guy who intends to lead in elected office and make laws.
I almost hate to dredge up the old cliche about how this is some kind of "extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men for the nastiest of motives will somehow work for the benefit of all"...except that, in this case, it happens to fit.
So if there really is little interest in the subject we might want to direct a little more of it in that direction because that's the kind of twaddle that's being peddled in much of the Evangelical prosperity gospel megachurches today and this guy sounds like he's their Timothy Leary.
And I don't want religion mucking about in my economics, or my laws. If I wanted to live in a theocracy there are plenty to choose from.
I won't even delve further into the hypocrisy of the whole Hitler business, seeing as how I assume most folks are aware of the fact that Hitler managed to
coerce Christian churches into supporting his ideology and his long range plans with nary a whimper.
This man's writings sound like pure nut-phuquery.
If I didn't respond to your diatribe, it's possible you may have
engaged in revisionism or broad sweeping generalizations.
I don't have time for either, and you're probably on my IGNORE list.