Bailiwick News – April 21, 2017 - 4.21.15 Bailiwick News – Weighing competing values: government secrecy, individual privacy and public accountability. Part 5 of series on 2017 District Att...
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|My (non-electronic) prayer book, with dedication from my Uncle Wyatt|
|St Barnabas, who "laid money at the apostles' feet"|
Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no-one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common.Socialism! Or, at least, a lot of ink has been spilt trying to prove that it wasn't. Perhaps this was only a temporary arrangement, while the church was getting itself started, some sort of sign; or (for some writers) perhaps it was actually a sign of financial irresponsibility, a prematurely realized eschatology which ultimately led to the need for St Paul to organize the "collection for the saints at Jerusalem" which so preoccupies him in the later part of Acts and several of his letters (e.g. 2 Corinthians). But this kind of critique has to be read back into the text; there is nothing in Acts 4 (or in the subsequent story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5) that suggests that Luke is taking some kind of critical distance from the behavior he describes. This is just the way it was, he seems to say, and maybe the way the true church should be.
So what is Points of Inflection about, anyhow? It started out with my involvement in the GreenFaith program. I wanted to think in a num...