Monday, January 10, 2005

Puritans and Prosperity

Blogging friend John Ballard at Hootsbuddy posts interesting and varied musings. One that catches my attention is Whither Americanism, with thoughts on American Puritanism, his former Congressman Newt Gingrich and more. Here's an excerpt....

"The Puritan view of prosperity was straightforward. God loves us and wants to see us happy. When we do His will, then He will bless us. Really bless us, materially. And if we fail to do His will, He will punish us. Really punish us. Materially. Therefore, those who are well off must be living right. And those who are poor must be failing in some way to please God, else He would be blessing them, not allowing them to be poor. "

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