A Delusive Quest
As Todd T. W. Daly noted in Christianity Today ["Chasing Methuselah," January], the quest for longevity through medicine ignores a fundamental Christian belief: this world is fallen. Even if we take advantage of whatever the medical community can offer, we have no guarantee that death won't come unexpectedly. "Exercise, technology, and diet" cannot prevent car accidents, falls, and natural disasters.
We might learn from desert father Abba Macarius the Great, who said, "The monk should always live as if he were to die on the morrow but at the same time he should treat his body as if he were to live on with it for many years to come."
CT's interview with Jeff Van Duzer ["The Meaning of Business," January] was very welcome. The Reformation brought a business ethic of creating wealth while serving the common good. Calvin's Geneva, faced with an influx of poor Protestant refugees, needed a growing economy to create employment. But government leaders knew that rapid economic growth could lead to exploitation, so they passed legislation that limited profits in key economic areas. The influx also led to a theological reflection on calling: Calvin once said our work is "our sentry box to the world."
Modern market capitalism is overall not serving the common good because Christian business managers and economists are not doing this theological reflection. The West's latest banking problems have shown our economic model needs reform. Is it right that some CEOs earn 500 times the wage of their lowest-paid employees? Would that meet the Reformers' test of a fair wage?
We need biblically based solutions that address these complexities.
Many thanks to CT for profiling Roberta Ahmanson ["Connoisseur ...1
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