Is Capitalism Based on Greed?

Money, Greed, Capitalism

Ever since Gordon Gekko’s character in Wall Street uttered the phrase, “Greed is good,” there has been a wide-spread and oft-repeated myth that capitalism is based on greed. And, so the argument goes, if capitalism is driven by a sinful desire (greed), then it must be rejected as an immoral system.

Such misconceptions are even prevalent in the evangelical world, as preachers like Tony Campolo insist that the greed principle underlies the modern capitalistic system of America.  Many well-meaning evangelicals, who have a genuine care for the poor, find themselves drawn to the rhetoric of people like Campolo and their disdain for capitalism.

In light of this anti-capitalistic climate, I …

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Are Christians Narrow-Minded and Intolerant?

One Way

When it comes to modern religious discourse, there is no greater sin than to claim your religion is the only one that is true.  You can believe just about anything and receive a shrug of the shoulders from an unbelieving world, but say that you believe in one way to heaven and accusations of narrow-mindedness and intolerance are inevitable.

Years ago, there was a well-known interview between Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise about Scientology.  Oprah was clearly skeptical of Cruise’s religious beliefs, but she then asked the million dollar question: “You don’t believe Scientology is the only true religion, do you?”  It was easy to tell that the question was …

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Why We Need the Book of James in the New Testament Canon

James

In many ways, the book of James has not had an easy journey into the New Testament canon.  We have few references to it in the earliest stages, it was doubted by some church fathers, and, of course, Luther himself referred to it as “an epistle of straw.”

However, we should be immensely grateful that God has preserved this book for us. Despite its detractors, the book of James provides essential theological balance for the key doctrinal debates in the church today.  Several key contributions:

1. James reminds us that one can offer extended moral exhortations without being a “moralist.”   In an effort to avoid the charge of “moralism,” …

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Kathleen Nielson Comes to RTS Charlotte

Kathleen Nielson

There are many wonderful things happening at RTS Charlotte these days, but I am particularly excited about the vibrant women’s ministry happening here.  Throughout the year there are a number of great events for our female students, student wives, female staff, faculty wives, and other women in the area who are a part of the RTS community. They enjoy a deep and rich fellowship.

On this note, RTS Charlotte will host its sixth annual women’s conference this coming weekend, March 7-8, with guest speaker Kathleen Nielson.  Past speakers have included Nancy Guthrie, Elsie Newell, and Melissa Kruger. For the details of the conference, see here.

Kathleen not only blogs …

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