February 28, 2013

Branson Sabbath School begins two week look at capitalism, socialism

"Capitalism or Socialism: Which is More Christian?" will be discussed at the Roy Branson and Friends Sabbath School class Sabbath, March 2, and Sabbath, March 9. The discussion will be led by John Jones, associate professor of New Testament studies and world religions at La Sierra University; and David Larson, professor of religion at LLU.

Many on the Christian right believe that Christians should champion capitalism, and many on the Christian left believe the same thing about socialism--and their often sharp exchanges have become battles in the culture wars of our time. Roughly speaking, these differences are seen in the contributions of two Baptist ministers, Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as in two popular journals, Christianity Today and Christian Century.

The purpose of these discussions is not to convince people that one of these positions is correct. Rather, it is to shed light on both options by providing information about them and by discussing them from a variety of points of view. The somewhat different things the words "capitalism" and "socialism" can encompass will be an important part of the discussions.

The Roy Branson and Friends Sabbath School class meets from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Sabbath in Centennial Complex room 3111.

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