Charity as Beside the Point (Part 2)

In the second of two articles on the condescending nature of charity, Andrew Parker claims we should ask not what we can do to for others, but what we can do for ourselves. Those who have been marginalised can already see what we cannot see; how we much are tied into the existing domination system.

You must not get caught up in the wishy-washy liberal view along the lines that as the bourgeois revolution was focused on helping the middle-classes find life in the teeth of some pretty awful oppression so the socialist revolution was focused on helping the proletarian classes and likewise the marginal revolution will be focused on helping the marginals. Such an understanding misrepresents not just the Bible but also the modern class revolutionary battles as well...

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Charity as Beside the Point (Part 1)

Charity as Beside the Point (Part 1)

This article by Andrew Parker was written over a year ago for a church magazine in Suffolk but somehow never got published. Was it just too radical? Given the growing support in the Church of England for the Occupy campaign, one hopes that the editors of the parish magazine might now think again. But in case they don’t, here it is for all to read. He wrote a follow up which will be available here soon.

Christianity and Judaism are nearly always associated in people’s minds with charitable works and pity for the poor. Because of this I found it interesting to discover that neither Jesus nor the revolutionary Hebrew writers considered charity as the object of the exercise they were involved in which was ‘world salvation’ or as we would put it ‘the transformation of human civilisation’...

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