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What would Jesus do about economic growth?

Should Christians support capitalism? According to a leading English layman, despite all its material benefits, capitalism as we know it contains moral flaws with serious social consequences.

I’m in no position to preach to Christians, but I’m happy to pass on the views of Dr Michael Schluter, founder of Britain’s Relationships Foundation, which will be of interest to a wider audience (and can be found at www.jubilee-centre.org/resources.php?catID=1).

Schluter’s beef is against the failings of capitalism that arise from corporations, which have developed as its primary engine.

His starting point is the belief that God is a relational being, whose priority is not economic growth, but right relationships between humanity and himself and between human beings. Christ’s injunction to ”love God and love your neighbour” points to the priority of relational wealth over financial wealth because love is a quality of relationships.

Corporate capitalism’s first moral flaw, he says, is its exclusively materialistic vision. It rests on the pursuit of business profit and personal gain. It promotes the idolising of money, which Jesus calls ”Mammon”.

Read further at:  http://www.smh.com.au/business/what-would-jesus-do-about-economic-growth-20100613-y61b.html?rand=1276437322658

Ross Gittons

Economic Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald

June 14, 2010
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