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The Bible and the banks

Of the many recent articles about the credit crunch, few have brought a biblical perspective. But if ‘everything under heaven belongs to’ God, would he have remained entirely silent on so major a human activity?

Philip Sampson

The poverty of wealth

The obvious biblical theme to consult is that of money. Scripture portrays wealth as a blessing when it is the fruit of covenant obedience, but the lust for money readily overwhelms justice and oppresses the poor, with a particular ability to inspire idolatry.