March 9, 2015 / Praxis
On geography, state fairs, and deep-fried nostalgia.
The Old Testament recognizes that riches can be gained through wickedness and oppression, but it also teaches and exemplifies that those to whom God grants more than ordinary wealth can and should make use of it in ways that are righteous before God, both in attitude and in practice.
In this essay, Bob Goudzwaard and Mark Vander Vennen argue that genuine solutions to today’s interlocking global crises—the financial crisis, global poverty, the environmental crisis, the security crisis—lie in understanding the purpose of life beyond Western society’s commitment to unending material, economic, and technological progress.
The life of Bartolome de Las Casas suggests that, for Christians living in privileged nations such as the United States, poverty in solidarity with the poor is a requirement of discipleship; the necessity of such solidarity is demonstrated by the United States Catholic bishops’ conference’s inability to grasp the true nature of its country’s relationship to Haiti.