Post-Capitalism Christianity: Something Worth Fighting For

“Capitalism is an economic system in which the means of production are privately owned and operated for a private profit; decisions regarding supply, demand, price, distribution, and investments are made by private actors in the market rather than by central planning by the government; profit is distributed to owners who invest in businesses, and wages are paid to workers employed by businesses and companies.”

Capitalism cannabilises our lives into digestible calculated chunks of meat. It removes the fact that life is meant to be comprehensive, all-consuming, and overwhelming. Capitalism warps life into a mechanistic Cartesian animal that we are meant to endorse through our naive belief that it matters what we actually purchase. And in the stage of commodified interplay, in a twist of Lacanian humor, what we’re really buying is the right to be sold.

Capitalism bastardises anything it touches*.

A Christianity committed to capitalism is a Christianity that can only look inward. When I use the word capitalism, I am not merely speaking of the notion or drive for commerce, but the drive to turn everything and anything into a perversion of itself. Evangelism is one such perversion. It has taken an ancient idea and has deformed it into : (1) a way to market Jesus (2) a way to turn people into products (3) a way to pat our egos when we ‘make the sell’ and (4) a structure designed to measure whether something is successful or not. Evangelism in the Greek is good news. Its what was given to a commander/leader after a victorious war. It was a term loaded with political rhetoric. For Jesus’ followers to begin using this, they were making a political statement.

A subversive one. It wasn’t a salvific one.

We also get the idea of gospel from what has now been deemed as the good news. In Jesus’ spoken language the word gospel simply means hope. If Christianity is captive to capitalism than hope has to be marketed. and if hope can be marketed than it stops being hope. See, capitalism has had a huge hand in forming the Christianity we know now.

It even has had a hand in the way we see Jesus

Capitalism wants to rule the world, the irony is, most think the other option, if capitalism were to fall, would be communism. And another point of Lacanian humor here is, that if capitalism wants to rule the world and use democracy to filter its reign, than itself is nothing short of communism under the guise of another name.
this seems also quite counter to how Jesus responded and dealt with people. Jesus sometimes turned those who wanted to follow away, or encouraged them to go back home. He told some that if they were to follow they might die.

This isn’t a good way to get people to join your cause if you are hell-bent on turning people into commodified currency.

Jesus seemed to think his cause were the people, not necessarily what he got out of it. It also seems he was more dedicated to spreading love, acceptance and peace rather than a five-step plan on how to get rich and die happy.

Not that those things are wrong.

But the flaw in a large majority of capitalistic philosophy is that it comes down to the one person to find that happiness under the guise of quite possibly ‘using’ others to get to that point. A Christianity dedicated to its own success seems to be an obscene de-manifestitation of what Christ was all about. He challenges us to love our neighbours and enemies and even be willing to die for them, this doesn’t seem to be very capitalistic.

A Christianity that is redeemed from Capitalism is a Christianity committed to seeing tranformation over numerification. A Christianity that is post-capitalistic is committed to the other because it realizes that abjection was birthed out of capitalistic fervor. It’s not into hegemony, but rather embracing a new way to see Christ through the eyes of a much needed diversity that capitalism seems so afraid of.

G20 April 1st

Although, capitalism seems to embrace individuality it actually assumes everyone should and could be the same. It says that everyone has a right to privatize their dreams, but itself is a system. A system is a group of things comprising itself. Itself is a group attempting to inform individuals to follow their dreams in a similar manner. The dreaded infomercial is a great example of this. Because it gives ‘the caller’ (you and I) the illusion that we get to choose the item we want for the toy of our ‘choosing’. Except that they have already chosen the item for us and now under the influence of consumerist creativity is making the item more attractive ‘if you buy now’.

The you in that statement is the same you that capitalism promises to make happy. Except Christianity doesn’t promise to make you happy, it does seem to offer that it might kill you, or might make things difficult and hard to handle. Sure, there will be times of laughter and joy, but Christianity is meant to transform things not make things look good. Christianity seems to promise suffering, but a suffering experienced in community. A suffering when

This is where a Christianity under the gaze of capitalism fails, it promises something that Jesus never did. This new kind of Christianity* promises to upset our rhythms and the way we think and anticipates that those changes might have some sort of transformational knock-on affect. If that’s true, we need to rescue Christianity from consumerism, please.


* By inference, anything that capitalism consumes also ends up bastardizing anything and everything it touches

Books to check out to give us a better picture of Jesus:

– A New Kind Of Christianity by Brian Mclaren
– Jesus Wants To Save Christians by Rob Bell
– How (Not) To Speak of God by Peter Rollins
– Jesus Bootlegged by George Elerick

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!

What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment

1,656 responses to “Post-Capitalism Christianity: Something Worth Fighting For”

  1. I have to express some thanks to you just for bailing me out of this type of crisis. As a result of surfing throughout the the net and getting solutions which are not powerful, I figured my entire life was well over. Existing devoid of the answers to the issues you have solved by way of the write-up is a serious case, and the kind that could have badly damaged my entire career if I had not come across the blog. Your own personal knowledge and kindness in taking care of all areas was excellent. I am not sure what I would have done if I had not encountered such a step like this. It’s possible to at this time relish my future. Thank you very much for the high quality and results-oriented guide. I will not hesitate to suggest your web sites to anyone who would like guidance about this subject matter.

  2. Things i have observed in terms of laptop memory is that often there are specific features such as SDRAM, DDR etc, that must fit in with the technical specs of the mother board. If the personal computer’s motherboard is rather current while there are no operating system issues, improving the ram literally normally requires under one hour. It’s one of several easiest personal computer upgrade methods one can visualize. Thanks for expressing your ideas.

  3. After researching a few of the blog posts in your web site now, and I really like your means of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website record and might be checking back soon. Pls try my site as well and let me know what you think.

  4. After examining a number of of the blog posts in your website now, and I actually like your manner of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web site checklist and will probably be checking back soon. Pls take a look at my web site as nicely and let me know what you think.

  5. I’m experiencing a difficulty with your rss feed . Don’t know why I am not able to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting identical rss problem? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thanks

  6. Thank you for your weblog publish. Jones and I take place to become conserving to buy a brand new e guide within this subject along with your brief post has made all of us to save the cash. Your concepts really responded to all our queries. The reality is, a lot more than we were treated to believed of just ahead of we ran into your fantastic blog. I basically no longer nurture doubts in addition to a troubled mind because you entirely dealth with each of our requirements right here

  7. Hey! I simply wish to give an enormous thumbs up for the great information you’ve right here on this post. I will be coming again to your weblog soon.

  8. I have to make the ability of a thanking you have to with the specialised suggestion I got commonly had choices your webblog. We’re awaiting these start with that faculty preliminary research additionally, the wide placement of feet would not were total without using wasting up to your website. Generally if i may well be from a assistance to others, I am pleased to be able to of what People picked up from this point.

  9. Thanks a ton for being my tutor on this topic. We enjoyed your article a lot and most of all liked the way in which you handled the issues I regarded as being controversial. You are always very kind towards readers much like me and assist me to in my living. Thank you.

  10. I precisely wanted to thank you very much once more. I’m not certain what I would’ve gone through without the type of information shared by you concerning this area. Entirely was a very scary difficulty for me, however , spending time with a expert mode you dealt with the issue forced me to leap over delight. I am happier for this help and then trust you recognize what an amazing job you happen to be carrying out educating some other people using a web site. I am certain you’ve never got to know any of us.

  11. Hardly ever do I encounter a blog that’s both educated and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your concept is outstanding; the issue is something that not sufficient people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my quest for something relating to this.

  12. I don’t think I’ve never learned something like this before. So nice to find an individual with some original thoughts on this subject. I really thank you for starting it. This website is one thing that’s needed on the internet, someone with a bit originality.

  13. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  14. Howdy! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with Search Engine Optimization? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share. Thank you!

  15. Thanks for writing this. I really feel as though I know so much more about this than I did before. Your blog really brought some things to light that I never would have thought about before reading it. You should continue this, Im sure most people would agree youve got a gift.

  16. Thanks for spending the time to debate this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you develop into an expert, would you mind updating your weblog with more details?

  17. You…are…my…hero!!! I cant believe something like this exists on the internet! Its so true, so honest, and more than that you dont sound like an idiot! Finally, someone who knows how to talk about a subject without sounding like a kid who didnt get that bike he wanted for Christmas.

  18. I am usually to blogging and i actually respect your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your website and maintain checking for new information.

  19. Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thanks

  20. I wanted to put you this very little observation just to give thanks once again with the great strategies you’ve discussed on this website. It is simply surprisingly generous of you to supply extensively just what a number of people would have sold as an e book to help with making some money on their own, mostly given that you might have done it in case you wanted. Those solutions as well acted to become a good way to comprehend some people have the same keenness just as my very own to understand whole lot more related to this condition. I am certain there are numerous more fun situations up front for individuals that scan through your blog post.

  21. Wow! This can be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Magnificent. I am also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  22. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  23. Hey there, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Chrome, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, terrific blog!

  24. I was recommended this website by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed about my difficulty. You are incredible! Thanks!

  25. This domain seems to recieve a good ammount of visitors. How do you get traffic to it? It offers a nice individual spin on things. I guess having something authentic or substantial to give info on is the most important thing.

  26. I’ve come across that now, more and more people are being attracted to cams and the field of taking pictures. However, to be a photographer, you need to first commit so much time frame deciding which model of video camera to buy plus moving store to store just so you could potentially buy the least expensive camera of the brand you have decided to pick. But it does not end generally there. You also have to contemplate whether you should obtain a digital digicam extended warranty. Thanks a bunch for the good guidelines I gathered from your blog site.

  27. I in addition to my guys ended up reviewing the nice information located on your web blog and before long I got a terrible feeling I had not thanked the site owner for those strategies. The boys were for that reason thrilled to study them and already have in reality been having fun with these things. Thank you for getting really considerate and then for having variety of outstanding issues most people are really wanting to be informed on. My very own honest apologies for not expressing gratitude to earlier.

  28. I like what you guys are up too. Such intelligent work and reporting! Carry on the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my web site 🙂

  29. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you few interesting things or advice. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I wish to read even more things about it!