What would Jesus occupy?

Jonathan Clatworthy

In the July 2010 issue of Signs of the Times I compared ancient Babylonian theology with the alternative found in some parts of the bible, notably Genesis 1 [... and] argued that modern society today is riven by these contrasting accounts of how to solve society's problems, with the natural sciences more akin to Genesis while the dominant economic discourse of modern capitalism is more akin to the Babylonian.

The current international financial crisis reinforces the divergence. It is the Occupy protesters who, above all, demand an alternative to the current model. Their opponents reply that they do not have an alternative to offer. This article asks what kind of alternative would fit the Genesis account.

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Modern Believing

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