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The Curiosity Index (21.09.2017)

There Can Be Only One Priority I struggle with many ‘priorities’ which as Keith Webb points out: “The reality is, multiple priorities means no priority at all.” John Calvin: the religious reformer who influenced capitalism Love capitalism? Perhaps you believe, like Donald Trump and his coterie, that capitalism is a locus of creativity, genius, and creating wealth. Or perhaps you believe, like many Bernie Sanders supporters, that unbridled capitalism exploits the poor and the powerless. Wherever you stand, John Calvin can be quoted on both sides. But it’s worth considering why…

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Lessons from Riga

One of the things I’m enjoying about living in Stockholm is the connections it offers across northern Europe. I recently was able to visit some friends in Latvia’s capital, Riga and learn first hand of how they’re planting a church in that city. Here are a collection of thoughts from that visit, in no particular order. Church planting is hard work The above isn’t news to anyone, but it is easily forgotten. I met people who without any outside funding, are from scratch building a community of God’s people. The journey has been costly in…

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Capitalism needs an ethical boundary

Randy Alcorn has recently completed some interviews with Os Guinness (key note speaker at the upcoming Everything Conference) who makes some interesting comments about capitalism. Firstly, he affirms capitalism: “I have no problems admitting the extraordinary superiority of market capitalism; it is a remarkable engine of dynamism, fruitfulness, productivity, and so on. I question that not at all. But it is only a mechanism, and the problem comes in when people make it a source of meaning.” However he sees the problems and those are telling, “ Unless capitalism has an…

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Is Christianity more like communism or capitalism?

That’s the question asked by a recent study in America. Here’s one unsurprising finding for you: Income seemed to influence the survey. 46 percent of people with incomes of $100,000 a year or more believe that capitalism is consistent with Christianity, while only 23 percent of those with incomes of $30,000 or less said so. No kidding. On the other side of the coin Dan Partridge admits, “There are elements of Communism that resonate in my heart and mind. I like the emphases on social justice, one people working towards…

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Trueman & Meynell on capitalism

I want to lift a few things that have been included in the links and draw them to your attention. Mark Meynell recently reviewed Carl Trueman’s Republocrat and this section on capitalism is worth considering, both Trueman’s quotes and Mark’s comments. “Another key theme to the book is the danger of (especially the Christian Right) buying into the idea that Capitalism is the most theologically appropriate system. I don’t know many, if any, in the UK who have bought into this line – but it is clearly a big deal…

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Is capitalism bankrupt?

I’ve found a few articles and blog posts on this recently, so here they are: Green Christian begins his critique here Michael Schluter of the Jubilee Centre points out 5 flaws A summary of that is here and they question the value of GDP For a regular critique don’t forget to read Make Wealth History Bishop Paul Richardson critiqued capitalism in the October 9th edition of The Record. Download it here

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A new kind of capitalism?

The BBC’s business editor Robert Peston has produced a report on the causes of the current financial crisis and the likelihood of an emergence of a new kind of capitalism. Eye catching stuff with lines like ‘monumental financial folly and ‘over-consumption and a high reliance on credit is the cause of the…financial crisis’. He writes: “Arguably the global economic crisis will turn out to be more significant for us and other developed economies than the collapse of communism. A New Capitalism is likely to emerge from the rubble. And although…

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How crunched can we be?

I wonder what comes after a crunch? When does a recession become a depression? Anyway the ongoing turmoil in the money markets means there is no recession of blog posts on the subject. My last round up is here. William Willimon calls for a rediscovery of thrift Adrian Warnock ponders on debt Cranmer dislikes the revival of socialism that seems to be happening Jon treats loan companies with disdain here and here God’s Politics has lots of posts here Dave chimes in and links to a helpful talk by his…

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