Straight White American Jesus

A podcast on religion and politics hosted by Daniel Miller and Bradley Onishi, ex-ministers who are now scholars of religion.

Ex-Evangelical Apologetics: Christianity and Capitalism

Brad discusses the idea that capitalism and Christianity go together from two angles. First, he outlines how in the mid-twentieth century big business actors infiltrated church spaces with the ideas that free market capitalism, individualism, and libertarianism were God ordained from the Bible. Like abortion in the 1970s, the idea that capitalism and Christianity are natural partners is the result of an external operation that used faith to gain cultural traction.

Brad then discusses the case of Denmark, one of the happiest countries on earth. Its social welfare system is extensive–and largely a result of Lutheran ideals inherited from the Reformation. It’s a counter-example to the idea that Christianity is incompatible with socialism or any system other than capitalism.

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