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  •  The Epistle of James (0+ / 0-)

    It is by reputation controversial supposedly because of its early-in-the-text assertion that "Faith without works is dead." I was raised to believe it was almost one of the books left from the protestant Bible (my own heritage, I'm a Methodist) because of that statement and the direction the epistlist, by tradition the brother of Jesus, took.

    But, to me, the most powerful portion of the epistle comes later and is even more disquieting to Christian Capitalism.

    It is by itself not a bad thing to become rich, the epistlist says, but if you get rich by stealing from your employees, well, as Jesus so chillingly put it, you have your reward. Rich people who opporessed the workers in their charge will "weap and howl" at the final judgment.

    If ORU Law teaches God's law, this one would seem to be a pretty key one. The Old Testament is full of tickets to the grand saute, but the New Testament more often talks about a New Covenant based on loving one's neighbor rather than specific prohibitions. This is one of the few exceptions. (Note to Bill Donahue: Mocking the Holy Spirit is another.)

    Have you heard? The vice president's gone mad. - Bob Dylan, 1966

    by textus on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 04:31:51 AM PST

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