Proclaim liberty throughout all the land

My plan for economic recovery is as all-American as the Liberty Bell and as “values-voter” friendly as the Ten Commandments. Here it is: Declare a year of Jubilee — “proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” And no, I’m not kidding. Neither are some economists, as Jennifer Ablan and Matthew Goldstein [Read More...]

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Amos 5:10-15 They hate the one who reproves in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks the truth. Therefore, because you trample on the poor and take from them levies of grain, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you [Read More...]

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Matthew 5:3-9 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they [Read More...]

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Galatians 5:12-14 I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves! For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, ‘You shall love your neighbor [Read More...]

Refusing to bow before the Beast

Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics and Devotion in the Book of Revelation, by J. Nelson Kraybill, Brazos Press. The book of Revelation can be cryptic, but it’s not really as impenetrable or strange as we sometimes make it out to be. Much of what we portray as baffling in John of Patmos’ psychedelic visions would [Read More...]

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Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Read more...]

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Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favour to the skilful; but time and chance happen to them all. For no one can anticipate the time of disaster. Like [Read More...]

One more point on biblicism

I want to mention one more problem that arises from biblicism, or biblical literalism: It fosters conflict. It fosters really nasty conflict — the kind that starts with the belief that The Other Side must be evil and then goes downhill from there with little hope of resolution. Biblicism invites this kind of conflict because [Read More...]


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