What does it mean to rule over the creation? How do we govern all God made (or since Genesis 1 continues, is making)? When the Hebrew word radā translates as dominion, how should we interpret it? It says it twice there the first cosmological myth of Genesis, first in verse 26 and then again in verse 28. So what should we hear?[Read more…] about The Creation: Dominion Without Domination
In our undignified neoliberal world, charity becomes the theoretical answer to inequality. We present the response of rich fools to the suffering of those around them as philanthropy. But after forty years of neoliberalism, it should be clear that modern charity does not work. Moreover, philanthropy has more to do with image laundering than demonstrated dignity.
Perhaps the ultimate example of this is no one other than Microsoft founder turned philanthropist Bill Gates.[Read more…] about Why Charity Doesn’t Work
Last week closed with a quote from Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau: “When the people shall have no more to eat, they will eat the rich!”
Given the spiritual nature of this site, this might seem somewhat out of line. Even if you buy into my argument that spirituality isn’t spiritual, eating the rich does not sound very loving. So before we explore how to eat rich fools, we need to take a moment to reflect on how to be loving to rich and poor alike.[Read more…] about How to Eat the Rich Fools
The Parable of the Rich Fool attacks the delusion of a self-made person like no other teaching of Jesus. Yet the American narrative of opportunity and possibility, which undergirds the illusion of meritocracy and keeps the nation undignified, continues to guide the country. So what does Jesus say and how does he challenge us to live?[Read more…] about Eat the Rich Fool
Did you know that when I was getting ready to launch Abundance Reconstructed a year ago, my goal was to form an online community where people could discuss many of the topics I bring up in these weekly emails? While a Discord channel from those early days remains, the idea never really took off.
After posting, Make America Dignified, a reader reaction reminded me of this. A friend unsubscribed so I asked for feedback he might offer. He said these topics need exploration in a different format, adding he might be interested in exploring them in a discussion group.[Read more…] about Reader Responses and Reactions