Monday, February 16, 2009

This just in from Newsweek: Bible readers hate the rich

Jerry Adler, writing for Newsweek, reflects on the absence of class warfare in the U.S.

Adler opens his article with the Bible's rage against the rich:
The poor you will always have, the Good Book says, but as for the rich man, he will wither away like a delicate flower in the midday sun. The first prediction has certainly been borne out, but the second part (James 1:11) had not yet come to pass by the Panic of 1907, when Theodore Roosevelt warned of a coming reckoning against the "malefactors of great wealth."
And with that set up, the article closes with some sweeping presumptions (projections?) about Bible readers:
presumably Americans who read the Bible are looking forward to the day when the words of James come to pass, and "you rich men [shall] weep and howl for your miseries that shall come on you." You can look up the rest of the passage (5:1-6), but trust us, it makes living on a paltry $500,000 a year look pretty good in comparison.
Here for the thoughts of one American who reads the Bible, Dave Ramsey, on the Bible's condemnation of the rich.

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