Friday, July 02, 2010

Everything is Commoditized

Today is Thursday, 1 July 2010.

In a capitalist society, everything is meant to be commoditized. That is, each and every thing is meant to have a tradable economic value, which is superior to whatever value (in itself) it may otherwise have to certain persons.

In certain forms of Christian theology, one hears of the grace of God, given by reason of Christ’s freely-chosen sacrifice on the cross, which saves from eternal damnation. But, it’s not free to those who need it: one is required to give one’s life to Jesus, who then gives salvation. This follows capitalist theory: the individual human life has a tradable value, which equals salvation. No giving of the life to Jesus, no salvation.

This is why such theologies hate universalist theologies with such a passion: in the latter, salvation is freely given by God to all, regardless of if they have previously given themselves to Jesus. (Sound like socialism to Sarah Palin!) Salvation has no cost: it’s free, and thus there is no stick with which to threaten those who desire the carrot. Which is bad news for the flavours of churches which have traditionally brokered the exchange of lives for salvation, and thereby piled up riches in this world.

On this date in 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg began.


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