Steven Colbert on Christian love, deservingness, and politics

As a follow-up to my post last week on Christian love and deservingness, here’s a video in which Steven Colbert takes aim at how these themes are used in politics. Political differences revolve around who is deserving of aid (and how that aid should be given), and in this clip it’s explicitly linked to Christian values.

A great quote from Colbert: “Jesus was always flapping his gums about the poor, but not once did he call for tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Romans.”

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Research on religion podcasts

Do you know about Research on Religion podcasts?  If not, you should.  Anthony Gill, a political scientist puts together a fascinating array of speakers about many aspects of religion.  He’s also a talented, funny interviewer.

His recent podcasts include how to start a church really fast, anti-Mormonism and Mitt Romney, and religion and Haitian immigrants, with our own Margarita Mooney.

Check it out!

The Ring Makes All the Difference, by Glenn Stanton

Here’s an interview in Christianity Today with Glenn Stanton on his book ‘The Ring Makes All the Difference.’  In it he “explores the many downsides” of living together.  I think this book will make a solid contribution to the discussion of living together for Christians.

Christian love and deservingness

As I understand the Bible, we’re supposed to love others unconditionally.  I understand this to mean not only regardless of what others might have done to us, but also regardless of who they are.  I’ve heard countless sermons on this, and, frankly, I probably need to hear–and enact–many more.

Social psychologists have studied altruism–helping other people in need–and it turns out that there is systematic variation in who we are willing to help.  One of the factors has been termed “deservingness.”  That is, are people worth our assistance.  Already, from the language of the concept of deservingness alone, we can tell that it’s at odds with the Christian definition of love.

The impact of deservingness on helping others has been documented in various studies, and a classic study was conducted by my Ph.D. mentor, the late Irving Piliavin, and his wife Jane, in 1969.  In a very clever design,  four researchers would ride the subway in New York, and one of them would stagger and fall down while the other three would [Read more...]


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