Sometimes it seems like everything is the exact opposite of what it claims to be. Take capitalism. It claims to be a decentralized Invisible Hand of free competition — ensuring that all economic abuses are reined in by the discipline of competition so that nobody is able to exploit anyone else. In practice, it is… Continue reading Bitcoin — Not As Advertised
Both Islamic and Christian Scriptures strictly forbid anyone charging interest. Why do Muslims obey devoutly, but Christians disobey flagrantly? Spoiler. Westerners were offered a deal they couldn’t refuse. Scrap that particular prohibition on financial exploitation — and we’ll give you riches beyond your wildest dreams. “Ban, what ban? Gimme the goodies!” I’ll start with Christian… Continue reading Interest: Why Do We Disobey?
My good friend Eric Parsons, challenged me on a poster I put up on Facebook. It read as follows: “The moral crisis of or age has nothing to do with gay marriage or abortion; it’s insider trading, obscene CEO pay, wage theft from ordinary workers, Wall Street’s continued gambling addiction, corporate payoffs to friendly politicians… Continue reading Moral Protest
Maybe some readers have seen The Big Short. It’s a movie about the financial crash of 2008 — showing how most weren’t clever enough to see that the financial system was being gamed, and how those who were clever enough got rich. It’s a good movie to show, exposing the barely-legal shenanigans (only legal because… Continue reading The Breathtaking Immorality of our Beloved Capitalism
“Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” Matthew 22:21 KJV What the heck was Christ taking about? Give in to the government? Actually the wider conversation was a dispute about whether Judeans should pay Roman taxes. Christ was saying not to worry about trying to… Continue reading Render Unto Caesar …
Ok, here’s my chance to be both theological and radical. Remember the story about Christ overturning the tables of the money changers in the temple? It’s presented as Christ simply taking offence at the idea of doing all that profane money stuff in the Lord’s House. But I have another take on it. First I… Continue reading Overturning the Tables