How does one approach economic freedom from a moral perspective? Obviously it’s not enough to say, “Freedom means I can do anything I want, and nobody can stop me!”. But is it enough just to add the following proviso? “I should not exercise my freedom in a way that prevents others from exercising their own… Continue reading Fake Freedom
It’s pretty unclear nowadays what’s capitalist, what’s socialist, what’s radical and what’s not. Actually it’s easy at the extremes. Pure capitalism (market does everything) pure socialism (government does everything) — they’re both too radical for most people. Except for some fringe libertarians, most reasonable people are seeking some position in between radical capitalism and radical… Continue reading Radical, Really?
Yep. But first … You don’t have to be an Economics student to get the message. It’s natural to want more. You can’t fight human nature. We’re acquisitive animals. It’s in or deepest nature to satisfy ourselves to the fullest extent possible. Economists say we’re insatiable. That doesn’t mean I’ll eat chocolate until I get… Continue reading Abundance, Really?
Biblical Economics. It’s hard to get a handle on it. My interpretation here is based on scattered biblical references I have examined and the work of a few scholars. My mission is to put together a coherent picture of biblical economics out of those incoherent scatterings. The result will be barely coherent and barely comprehensive.… Continue reading What Is Biblical Economics?
Now there’s a challenge! When I presented my last blog post to Allison Chubb, editor of the Rupertsland News (a branch of the Anglican Journal) for possible inclusion, she had a penetrating question for me. “What would the big idea of living more like Jesus, more simply, look like in our daily life contexts and… Continue reading Radical Living
The debate on income inequality is being conducted on remarkably un-Christian terms, even by Christians. Hey Christians! You’re supposed to aspire to live at the bottom of the scale, not at the top! Do I have to drag out scripture to make this point? You’re already familiar with many of the relevant quotes. So what’s… Continue reading Radical Christian Income Inequality
Let’s finish off Cavanaugh’s Being Consumed by looking at his last chapter on Scarcity. I’ll deliberately write this a few months after reading the chapter, as I’ve done with previous chapters. It allows me to go beneath the details (half of which I’ve forgotten) and focus on the central message that it nourished in me. And… Continue reading Scarcity vs Abundance
Let me tackle the toughest one out of William Cavanaugh’s Being Consumed — in my most theological post to date. I had to read his Chapter 3 three times before I could get a simple handle on it. (There’s always a simple handle, despite what they tell you. I’d never have passed my PhD exams if… Continue reading Will the Eucharist Consume You?
William Cavanaugh’s recent book, Being Consumed, does a great job in describing the addictive dysfunction of consumer society. But I want to focus on the deeper underlying perspective at the root of that problem. Why do we work? Why do we consume? And which one comes first? It sounds a little abstract, but it’s the… Continue reading Work to Consume or Consume to Work?
Let’s look at Chapter 2 of William Cavanaugh’s, Being Consumed. It doesn’t take long to notice he’s saying that consumption is not really the problem. Acquisition is. We don’t want to consume stuff, we just want to get stuff. So It’s not the material enjoyment of consumption we’re really seeking. When we get it, we… Continue reading Phantom Consumerism