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This is what interest does

I consider the following statement by economist Silvio Gesell, made on the eve of the Armistice Agreement (the end of World War I), to be one of the most prescient assertions in published history. “In spite of the holy promises of people to banish war once and for all, in spite of the cry of …

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Usury and the Church

For centuries the Church spoke with strength against usury. Then society changed so much that the message could no longer be heard. The transition from abhorrence to acceptance is best demonstrated by a letter of St. Francis Xavier, the famous 16th-century Catholic missionary and co-founder of the Jesuits, writing to a priest. When in the …

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In whose interest?

Basil the Great, among the most renowned of the early Church fathers, states: When the prophet wished to describe in words those who have attained perfection, those who are about to attain to everlasting life, he reckoned among their noble works the following: “They do not lend money at interest.” This sin is denounced in …

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Spreading our allegiances thin

"Nobody can serve two masters. Otherwise, they will either hate the first and love the second, or be devoted to the first and despise the second. You can't serve both God and money."1Do American Christians split their allegiance between Jesus and possessions? If someone from outside the country saw how we prepare for Christmas, what …

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Property rights, property wrongs

Biblical words on money that you never hear in church #1 “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; with me you are but aliens and tenants.” – Leviticus 25:23 The Bible establishes a right to private property. The Bible limits the right to private property. Once you see how …

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