Friday, June 27, 2008

Quaker Quotes VIII


In his book Signs of Salvation Quaker author Ben Richmond calls us to "a faith in God that implies rejection of the sway of mammon over our lives."

This can be taken in a couple of ways. One is to see mammon itself as evil, but another is to see the love of mammon as evil and instead look for ways to use the resources at our disposal toward positive ends and achieve the "freedom from anxiety" mentioned by Richard Foster.

Along these lines, John Schneider echoes William Penn when he writes in his 2002 book The Good of Affluence that "Christians ought to have a view of modern capitalism that is 'world affirmative' and 'world formative' rather than mainly negative and prone to strategies of separation and withdrawal."

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