How Do I Live with Mammon?

For a while the idea of money has been bouncing around in my head—and for a number of reasons: I’ve been trying to come to terms with teachings of the Early Church Fathers and Mothers, which is more likely than not to put those of us in the wealthy modern West on edge; I’ve recently watched through the Netflix docu-series Dirty Money, which brings to the fore the abject evil perpetrated by large companies in the U.S. and abroad, all in the name of fulfilling the interests of investors; I recently read the article by the Christian theologian David Bentley Hart, “Three Cheers for Socialism,” and found it incredible provocative and thought-provoking (wherever you put your fealty in terms of economics, I think this article is a must-read, especially for Americans, who are all too often ignorant of political and economic history); I’m disturbed by the flippancy with which many Christians (including myself) pass over Jesus’s hard sayings about wealth and money, and I’m also continuously perturbed by the multiple, often contradictory voices with which Scripture speaks about wealth and money.

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