Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Christian Paradox

Thanks to Mike for this article.

A brief excerpt...

Here is a statistic that does matter: Three quarters of Americans believe the Bible teaches that God helps those who help themselves. That is, three out of four Americans believe that this uber-American idea, a notion at the core of our current individualist politics and culture, which was in fact uttered by Ben Franklin, actually appears in Holy Scripture. The thing is, not only is Franklin's wisdom not biblical; it's counter-biblical. Few ideas could be further from the gospel message, with its radical summons to love of neighbor.

Good article. Perhaps a bit old, but some good thoughts.

1 comment:

EmmA...er...Pamela said...

sort of related since the article brought up the issue of America and how much "aid" we give to foreign countries... Dr. Bello's wife yesterday said in class something along the lines that it isn't an altruistic act for America and rich nations to give this alleged aid- it's justice or a rebate for the money we have stiffed farmers, workers, etc from in the first place... interesting way of looking at it.