Sunday, September 10, 2006

Welcome!

First off, let me say thank you to Jim Chen and the rest of the bloggers/commentators/geniuses on the Jurisdynamics website.

Hopefully I, along with my esteemed colleagues Tony Jones and Erica Tunick, can provide some relevant commentary on law from a student's perspective.

I'd like to inaugurate the blog, Christen, if you will, with a link to the excellent series of posts on Jurisdynamics called Genesis for the Rest of Us.

The part of the series discusses the lack of knowledge of a lot of believers. In the comments I added a thought about the new intertwining of capitalism with Christianity (especially evangelical).


Lo and behold, the cover story of this Week's Time magazine is entitled Does God Want You to Be Rich?. The new school of thought is referred to as "Health and Wealth" or "Prosperity Theology."

It's a pretty interesting read, and I find one comment especially snarky...

Quoting Joel Osteen, a leading preacher in the prosperity movement:
I preach that anybody can improve their lives. I think God wants us to be prosperous. I think he wants us to be happy. To me, you need to have money to pay your bills. I think God wants us to send our kids to college. I think he wants us to be a blessing to other people. But I don't think I'd say God wants us to be rich. It's all relative, isn't it?" The room's warm lamplight reflects softly off his crocodile shoes.

Forget camels going through needles, forget Jesus's infamous problem with money-lenders, and certainly the Pink Floyd lyrics (which were a mistaken quote, however), Jesus is big business. Looking at his tour schedule, Osteen sold out the Target Center here in Minneapolis. I don't even know if the Timberwolves do that...

5 Comments:

Blogger Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Kevin and all,

RE: "Does God want you to be rich?"

Here's some pivotal knowledge (wisdom) so you and others can stop focusing on symptoms and obfuscatory details and home in like a laser on the root causes of and solutions to humanity's seemingly never-ending struggles.

Money is the lifeblood of the powerful and the chains and key to human enslavement

There is a radical and highly effective solution to all of our economic problems that will dramatically simplify, streamline, and revitalize human civilization. It will eliminate all poverty, debt, and the vast majority of crime, material inequality, deception, and injustice. It will also eliminate the underlying causes of most conflicts, while preventing evil scoundrels and their cabals from deceiving, deluding, and bedeviling humanity, ever again. It will likewise eliminate the primary barriers to solving global warming, pollution, and the many evils that result from corporate greed and their control of natural and societal resources. That solution is to simply eliminate money from the human equation, thereby replacing the current system of greed, exploitation, and institutionalized coercion with freewill cooperation, just laws based on verifiable wisdom , and societal goals targeted at benefiting all, not just a self-chosen and abominably greedy few.

We can now thank millennia of political, monetary, and religious leaders for proving, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that top-down, hierarchical governance is absolute folly and foolishness. Even representative democracy, that great promise of the past, was easily and readily subverted to enslave us all, thanks to money and those that secretly control and deceptively manipulate all currencies and economies. Is there any doubt anymore that entrusting politics and money to solve humanity's problems is delusion of the highest order? Is there any doubt that permitting political and corporate leaders to control the lives of billions has resulted in great evil?

Here's a real hot potato! Eat it up, digest it, and then feed it's bones to the hungry...

Most people have no idea that the common-denominator math of all the world's currencies forms an endless loop that generates debt faster than we can ever generate the value to pay for it. This obscured and purposeful math-logic trap at the center of all banking, currencies, and economies is the root cause of poverty. Those who rule this world through fear and deception strive constantly to hide this fact, while pretending to seek solutions to poverty and human struggle. Any who would scoff at this analysis have simply failed to do the math, even though it is based on a simple common-denominator ratio.

Here is Wisdom

Doctrine of Two Spirits...

Peace...

9/10/2006 2:37 PM  
Blogger Kevin Wells said...

Wow. I am literally shocked (speechless).

Little did I know that my first post on a legal website that, admittedly relating to religion, would draw comments from the messiah.

9/10/2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger Tony Jones said...

Kevin, on a somewhat related note, have you seen the trailer for the upcoming documentary "Jesus Camp" available at:

http://www.apple.com/trailers/magnolia/jesuscamp/

Thought provoking at the very least.

9/11/2006 9:23 AM  
Blogger Kevin Wells said...

I have heard of this movie, and was looking forward to it, but I hadn't seen the trailer. it's a bit more frightening than I had even thought.

An interesting documentary along similar lines a few years ago was Hell House, telling the story of a church who made a "Haunted House" telling children how they have to be saved, and insead of Freddy Krueger, Jason, and your typical haunted house residents, there was the homosexual who had AIDS, the man who beat his wife, and the girl who got raped for going to a rave.

The last room was where they confronted each person and asked them to turn their lives over to Jesus. Similar lines, but, judging from the Jesus Camp trailer, Hell House seems downright friendly.

9/11/2006 10:34 AM  
Blogger Toonzie said...

Definitely looking forward to that movie! The campers sing a cheer in part of that trailer that I used to sing back when I went to Jewish kid summer camp in Massahusettes. The only difference being they took out the word spirit and replaced it with the word Jesus.

9/11/2006 11:07 AM  

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