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Taking Sin Seriously

Letter to the Editors

"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

Sojourners Magazine January 2011
This appears in the January 2011 issue of Sojourners
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