The Common Good
January 2011

Taking Sin Seriously

by Rev. Lawrence W. Althouse | January 2011

"The Theology of the Tea Party" (by Jim Wallis, November 2010) reminded me that when I was at Union Seminary, Reinhold Niebuhr said that the greatest flaw of the communist system was ignoring ...

"The Theology of the Tea Party" (by Jim Wallis, November 2010) reminded me that when I was at Union Seminary, Reinhold Niebuhr said that the greatest flaw of the communist system was ignoring what Christians acknowledge as human sin. It is ironic that free-will devotees of "The Market" make the same essential mistake. The economic tragedy was the foreseeable consequence of avaricious economic policies and decisions. Libertarian-leaning Republicans, and some Democrats, fail to take seriously human sin, surrendering themselves to the Baal whose icon is the dollar sign.

Rev. Lawrence W. Althouse
Dallas, Texas

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