"The [Department of Defense] paid $100,000 to sponsor a strategy workshop in September featuring a session called ‘Did Jesus die for Klingons, too?’ on the theological threat to Christianity that the discovery of life on other planets might pose."
Keith Bauer, a Christian who drove his family 3,000 miles from Maryland to California for the apocalyptic Rapture prophesied by Harold Camping, an Oakland radio evangelist. When 6 p.m., Camping’s appointed time for the end of the world, came and went on Saturday, Bauer and others tried to make sense of it.
Overall more Americans believe that Christian values are at odds with capitalism and the free market than believe they are compatible. This pattern also holds among Christians. Among Christians in the U.S., only 38% believe capitalism and the free market are consistent with Christian values while 46% believe the two are at odds. There are significant differences by gender, party and income.
As it happens, they are absolutely correct; the Gospels are incredibly short on issues we associate with modern “values voting” — abortion and homosexuality, mostly — and incredibly long on reverence for the poor and disdain for the wealthy. Of course, that hasn’t made much of a difference to the United States, which through its history, has combined religious piety with stunning accumulations of wealth. That said, there is a good explanation for the particular willingness of Republicans/Tea Partiers to see congruence between Christianity and capitalism: in short, they’re conservative evangelicals. At the risk of oversimplification, the politicization of conservative evangelicals has long since become a politicization of evangelical theology. What’s more, this is all related to a broader willingness to accept existing social inequalities as divinely ordained.
god yes. this. any christian who pays passing attention to the bible should be horrified at the Salvation Army (trolololool) threatening to leave new york rather than be forced to help teh gheys. The political representation of christianity is anti-people at best.
I don’t remember much, but I do remember this:
“I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”