He who places his hope on thee, O Virgin all-glorious, will prosper in all he does.

Inscription on Byzantine coin during reign of Romanus III

Saturday, March 13, 2010

"Neither Your Dreams Nor Your Strictures Can Eradicate Them"

I happened upon one of Och's postings about some jurisdictional controversy, and, once again, he's pronounced certain occupations unfit for Christians. In this instance, he mentioned bill collector, napalm manufacturer, and Monsanto attorney. He's mentioned others in the past, but I've been an irregular reader of his recent posts, and therefore I've probably missed a wheelbarrow full.

I posted this comment just to let him know that his promotion of an agrarian dystopia hasn't gone unnoticed:

Out of all of the other occupations you've dissed over time one appears to be conspicuously absent: agricultural utopian.

By fostering agriculture, which is pretty easy to understand economically as a form of production across time periods, you're promoting the emergence and maintenance of moneylending. God knows that you don't like moneylending. Moneylending can't survive if production takes place over a short period of time.

I'm sure you don't intend to be a hypocrite, but your failure to study economics lands you in such straits.

To be a consistent Ochlophobist, you'd promote hunting and gathering as the archtype of Christian secular occupations.

Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. (Luke 12:6 RSV)

God gave us economic laws so that we can get by in a fallen world. Neither your dreams nor strictures can eradicate them.

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