Thursday, February 17, 2005

Would Jesus privatize social security?

Here is a review of this book, which asks how Christianity became the religion of the rich and powerful, or rather how the rich and powerful can claim to be righteous Christians.

I've always had a hard time listening to religious conservatives, mainly because of that camel and the eye of the needle thing.

The problem with religious conservatives is not that they invoke religion too much, but that they practice "bad theology,"... He notes that although religious conservatives focus on homosexuality and abstinence, Jesus and Isaiah and Micah had much more to say about poverty and economic justice than sexual impropriety. Therefore, he writes, the Bush administration's tax policies reflect a "religious failure." And also: "An enormous public misrepresentation of Christianity has taken place. . . . [M]any people around the world now think Christian faith stands for political commitments that are almost the opposite of its true meaning. How did the faith of Jesus come to be known as pro-rich, pro-war and only pro-American?"
On Iraq...
Wallis challenges religious conservatives to view Abu Ghraib through the lens of their own views about the sinful nature of man: "The Christian view of human nature and of sin suggests that we are fallible creatures and thus not good at empire. We cannot be trusted with domination, becoming too easily corrupted by its power and too often succumbing to repression in defending it." In other words, good Christians should be wary not only of war but of imperialism as well.

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