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Do Christianity and Capitalism clash?

April 27, 2011

That’s the question asked by a recent study in America. Here’s one unsurprising finding for you:

Income seemed to influence the survey. 46 percent of people with incomes of $100,000 a year or more believe that capitalism is consistent with Christianity, while only 23 percent of those with incomes of $30,000 or less said so.

No kidding.

So for a different perspective turn to a different source. How about Randy Alcorn and his new book Managing God’s Money. In this review the book is described like this:

This is no-holds-barred stuff; he teaches that most of us have neglected our responsibility to give deeply, consistently and generously. He rebukes the materialism that inhabits the church to almost the same extent that it inhabits the world. He calls for a radical rethinking of the way most of us relate to our money.

A timely word then to a world that needs to rediscover fresh, generous and liberating ways of living with money.

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  1. April 27, 2011 6:16 pm

    I know it is not rocket science but I had a revelation the other day, or rather a re-revelation as I have thought this before (isn’t it interesting how sometimes a concept takes a little time to root itself) but money is simply the oil for trade. Trade is not capitalism, monetarising everything is capitalism. Putting money in perspective in my head again, is to think money is simply more portable than a bag of potatoes, but no more valuable. The accumulation of money should not be an end in itself.

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