A Review Article How Should Christians Respond To The Wealth And Prosperity Of The Present Age? -- By: John H. Armstrong
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A Review Article
How Should Christians Respond To The
Wealth And Prosperity Of The Present Age?
The Virtue Of Prosperity: Finding Values In An Age Of Techno-Affluence, Dinesh D’Souza. New York: The Free Press (2000). 284 pages, cloth, $26.00
The new economy, with its ever-expanding technologies, is a fact of life in the new millennium. As a direct result of this economic boom the United States has produced the first mass affluent class in world history. Most of the readers of this publication have experienced, directly or otherwise, the actual benefits of this affluence. Our economy has already produced a boon cycle longer than any in American history, proving to the world, that free market capitalism truly works, regardless of what the critics think. But has this affluence succeeded only in bringing about our ultimate destruction as a culture? These are the kinds of questions Christian leaders need to ask. Questions such as: What impact will this amazing affluence have upon our spiritual and moral foundations, both long and short term? More particularly, how should the church respond to the massive use of technology, especially computer-driven technology? And what about the bio-ethical developments that are related to this same technological revolution, which raise a thousand questions for all people
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who still care about such issues? What will happen to our families, our schools, and for that matter, our local congregations, in this new economy? Is spiritual renewal still a real hope for American churches in the face of this rising tide of what Dinesh D’Souza, a former Reagan White House policy analyst, aptly calls “techno-affluence?” Doesn’t this tide portend that the cause of Christ will suffer even further setback in our culture?
D’Souza writes a fast-moving, engaging, and immensely readable book that I found hard to put down. He conducted over one hundred personal interviews, seeking to understand both the histories of this new affluence as well as the people who created it. He paints helpful portraits of the major movers and shakers, men such as Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, George Gilder, Bill Gates, and Ted Turner. He considers the critical comments of those who have written ominous warnings about this new affluence, including scholars and clergy, as well as ordinary workers and political social pundits. He shows how historic political allegiances are shifting as both the left and right, at least as we traditionally conceive them, are coming together in ways that now celebrate the new technology of the past two decades. The bottom line is this—D’Souza believes we are living through a time when a transition bigger than th...
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