May 24, 2012

The church in bondage

"The church is in bondage to capitalism ... No antithesis could be greater than that which obtains between the gospel and capitalist faith. The church has known from the beginning that the love of money is the root of all evil, that it is impossible to serve God and Mammon, that they that have riches shall hardly enter into life, that life does not consist in the abundance of things possessed, that the earth is the Lord's and that love, not self-interest, is the first law of life. Yet the church has become entangled .... captivity of the church is the first fact with which we need to deal in our time."
-- H. Richard Niebhur
"Towards the Independence of the Church," 1935