Christianity and capitalism

Of all the enemies that have combined to bring about the downfall of Christianity in the West none has been more deadly or more relentless than capitalism. The fact is that it is impossible to imagine two systems more completely incompatible than Christianity and capitalism.

Capitalism is the most thoroughly materialistic ideology that can be conceived of. Capitalism is interested only in things that can be objectively measured, and in the capitalist system there is only one standard of measurement – money. More money is good. Less money is bad. This standard applies to people as well as things. A person’s success in life is measured by how much money he has. Nothing else is relevant.

The incompatibility between Christianity and capitalism should have been obvious from the start. And it was obvious to some Christians. Unfortunately most Christians chose to shut their eyes to the contradictions. Even worse, many American Christians convinced themselves that capitalism was Christian. This is why American Christianity has failed so spectacularly. American Christians have embraced an ideology that was always inevitably going to destroy them.

There is no room for morality in capitalism. You can’t measure morality in monetary terms so therefore morality has no validity. More seriously, morality interferes with profits. Profits are good. Therefore morality is bad.

The big mistake Christians (especially in the US) made in the culture wars was to think that they could fight moral issues as individual battles. They focused on specific attacks on Christian morality, such as abortion and homosexuality. They were certainly correct in seeing abortion and homosexuality as evils, but they failed to see the big picture. They failed to see that they weren’t dealing with isolated attacks on Christian sexual morality. They were dealing with a system, capitalism, that was hostile to all Christian morality and all Christian values. And they were dealing with a system that was not going to compromise. This became (or should have become) clear with the emergence of globalist capitalism. The globalist capitalists intended to remove every obstacle in their path.

A major potential obstacle was Christianity. The idea that money is the measure of the good was obviously in pretty serious conflict with Christian teachings. The idea that the only motivations anyone should have were the accumulation and spending of money was not exactly in harmony with Christianity.

Global capitalists today are intensely hostile to Christianity but even without this overt hostility capitalism would still have the effect of undermining and eventually destroying Christianity. It’s simply in the nature of capitalism.

American Christians made another catastrophic mistake. Back in the 50s they convinced themselves that the real enemy was communism. They became obsessed with the communist threat. This led them to a tragically mistaken conclusion. Since communism was bad, capitalism must be good. Since communism was ungodly, capitalism must be godly.

Communism was a threat, but it was never anywhere near as serious a threat as capitalism.

Christianity can survive under communism. Communists might not approve of Christianity but they have no absolute need to destroy it. It’s not really particularly incompatible with communism. On the other hand Christianity cannot survive under capitalism.

Unfortunately Christians have made yet another strategic error, getting distracted by the social justice nonsense. Again they’re wasting their energies and failing to see the big picture. They’re putting themselves in a no-win situation. If they oppose the SJWs they’ll be painted by the media as nasty meanies. If they support the SJWs they’ll simply look weak and pathetic, and showing weakness to SJWs is a fatal mistake. Christians should focus on the real enemy, the globalist capitalists. Defeat them and the social justice nonsense will simply evaporate.

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2 comments on “Christianity and capitalism

  1. >>Capitalism is the most thoroughly materialistic ideology that can be conceived of.

    1) The most materialistic is communism; 2) Capitalism should be not an ideology but merely an economical system.

    >>There is no room for morality in capitalism.

    Come on, there was never in the history of mankind a single system that really had morality in it. Even Byzantium, probably the most Christian state ever, wasn't really moral.

    >>Communism was a threat, but it was never anywhere near as serious a threat as capitalism.

    No, it was a much less serious threat, because it almost never (with an exception of Mexica) tried to shot the believers down. Unlike communism.

    >>Christianity can survive under communism. Communists might not approve of Christianity but they have no absolute need to destroy it.

    Why destroy hundreds of thousands of believers then? Trust me, if communism lasted even half as long as capitalism did, it wouldn't leave a memory of Christian Church in the commie-controlled countries. You should read more about the Soviet policy towards Church, especially during 1917-1950s. It is horrifyng.

    >>It’s not really particularly incompatible with communism. On the other hand Christianity cannot survive under capitalism.

    It is so very incompatible with communism, because communism is extremely materialistic. Communist simply means anti-Christian, by default. Christianity can survive under capitalism if it wouldn't allow all these Second Vatican Councils and stuff like that.

    All in all, during the Cold War the West simply used Christians to fight commies. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the West decided to throw that toy away because it stopped being fun, and a new toy called Cultural Marxism seemed lots of fun. We in Russia, on the other hand, needed something new to hang on to, so we decided to turn back to our Orthodox Church and make it a big thing, but not too big.

    As for Christianity under communism, the commie states simply tolerated it and used it for the secret police purposes, both internally and geopolitically. In the Soviet Union, Church was attacked steadily, until Stalin realised during the War that it needs to be preserved and maybe even taken care of. He died before he really managed to do something about that idea. When Khrushchev came to power and Gagarin made it into space, the Church was again under attack, and a truly terrible one. It lasted straight to Perestroika. I mean, communism and Christianity is a no-go. Never. Whereas with capitalism it actually has a chance if it demonstrates strong will. Pretty much as with anything really.

  2. Shaun F says:

    Capitalism would work – if people remembered the principle of charity. And charitable donations, can be tax deductable. Unfortunately, in a secular humanist world, greed can become quite overwhelming. I know people that are quite high on money. And with regards to charity, I am not referring to people like Bill Gates who use their charitable donations to socially engineer the world and poison the well futher.

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