In Mammon We Trust
86 Pages
English

In Mammon We Trust

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86 Pages
English

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"In moving poetry, Al Staggs has given us a book that raises all the questions that should be raised about our consumerist and materialistic society. This is not only an intellectual challenge but it is a moral challenge as well."
--Tony Campolo, PhD
"You continue to nail the sin of our time--greed and gluttony at the top, despair and tedium below, and a great chasm without empathy in between. In doing so, you continue to remind me of the power of one man's witness, a single light in his hand as darkness settles around us. But from that one small beacon shines the hope that is the beginning of redemption."
--Bill Moyers

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Published 02 May 2018
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EAN13 9781725240254
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in m a m m on w e t r u s t . . .
in Mammon
we trust . . .
Al Staggs
the intermundia pRess
Resource Publications A division of Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 he ïntermundia Ress, LLC In Mammon We Trust Warreto, Vîrgîîa By Staggs, Al Copyright©2011 by Staggs, Al ISBN 13: 978-1-5326-5542-5 PublicationIdnateM5/a2/m20m1o8n We Trust . . . Previously published by The Intermudia Press, 2011 © 2011, 2012 y Al staggŝ. All rîghtŝ reŝerved. Pulîŝhed 2012. Prîted î the Uîted stateŝ of Amerîca. ISBN 978-1-887730-24-2
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In loving memory of Carol
and with love to Ryan, Jenn, Liana, Maya, Rebekah, Matty, Jakob, Miah, Austin, Christa, Lisa and Martha.
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Although the dîŝparîty etwee the wealthîeŝt Amerîcaŝ ad the mîddle ad poorer claŝŝeŝ îcreaŝed ŝharply durîg the Reaga yearŝ, the prîmary cauŝe of our atîo’ŝ curret ecoomîc codîtîo ca e at-trîuted to the polîcîeŝ of the buŝh admîîŝtratîo. The buŝh tax cutŝ were ŝtructured to dîŝproportîoately favor wealthy Amerîcaŝ, ad the warŝ î iraq ad Afghaîŝta have prove to e oth îll-advîŝed ad ex-orîtatly expeŝîve. Due to the decreaŝe î reveue reŝultîg from the mîllîoaîreŝ’ tax cutŝ, the coŝt of the warŝ haŝ created the eormouŝ defîcît that we ow face. The gap etwee the rîch ad poor cotîueŝ to grow at a alarm-îg rate ad the mîddle claŝŝ îŝ ecomîg ŝmaller. i am covîced that people of the Chrîŝtîa faîth caot cotîue talkîg aout ŝpîrîtualîty wîthout alŝo talkîg aout the theologîcal meaîg of our preŝet eco-omîc plîght. Lîturgy, worŝhîp, prayer, praîŝe, medîtatîo ad bîle ŝtudy are mîŝŝîg the mark uleŝŝ they îclude a examîatîo of what our Chrîŝtîa faîth meaŝ î the face of a oppreŝŝîve ecoomîc ŝyŝtem that ujuŝtly eefîtŝ the wealthy ad pealîzeŝ ad oppreŝŝeŝ the poor ad mîddle claŝŝeŝ.
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i have ee wrîtîg reflectîoŝ o îŝŝueŝ related to the ŝpîrîtualîty of ecoomîcŝ for almoŝt a decade, ad î the mîdŝt of the cotîued ecoomîc declîe over the laŝt four yearŝ i foud ew îŝpîratîo from the wrîtîgŝ of Walter Rauŝcheuŝch ad Wîllîam strîgfellow. Rauŝcheuŝch remîded the geeratîo of a prevîouŝ Gîlded Age that ŝcrîpture doeŝ î fact ŝpeak to the îŝŝueŝ of greed ad poverty. strîgfel-low waŝ adept î remîdîg uŝ that ay dîŝcuŝŝîo of ŝpîrîtualîty ŝhould alwayŝ e oud up wîth the real prolemŝ that people are forced to cofrot every day. Utîl we Chrîŝtîaŝ take ŝerîouŝly the deŝperate cîrcumŝtaceŝ that may face o a daîly aŝîŝ, much of our Chrîŝtîaîty îŝ merely form wîth-out ŝuŝtace ad relevace. The queŝtîo that we cofrot îŝ ot whether we elîeve î the veracîty of our ŝcrîptureŝ, ut whether we ca apply thoŝe ŝcrîptureŝ to the ecoomîc ad polîtîcal ŝtructureŝ that ŝhape our lîveŝ.