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On Social Justice: St. Basil the Great (Popular Patristics) (original 2009; edition 2009)

by C. Paul Schroeder (Author)

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St Basil's homilies on the subject of wealth and poverty, although delivered in the fourth century, remain utterly fresh and contemporary. Whether you possess great wealth or have modest means, at the heart of Basil's message stands the maxim: Simplify your life, so you have something to share with others. While some patristic texts relate to obscure and highly philosophical questions, Basil's teachings on social issues are immediately understood andapplicable. At a time when vast income disparity and overuse of limited environmental resources are becoming matters of increasing concern, Basil's message is more relevant now than ever before.… (more)
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Title:On Social Justice: St. Basil the Great (Popular Patristics)
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Info:St Vladimirs Seminary Pr (2009), 112 pages
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On Social Justice: St. Basil the Great (Popular Patristics) by C. Paul Schroeder (2009)

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"I know many who fast, pray, sigh, and demonstrate every manner of piety, so long as it costs them nothing, yet would not part with a penny to help those in distress. Of what profit to them is the remainder of their virtue?"

The rich man "does not rejoice at all the good things he has in store, but is rather pricked to the heart by the wealth that slips through his fingers, lest perhaps, as it overflows the storehouses, some of it should trickle down to those outside his walls, so as to become a source of aid for those in need."

Another reviewer suggests that the homilies gathered in this book aren't relevant to our world, because so much has changed since Basil was berating the rich of his congregation. After all, the reviewer points out, we live in an age of industry and computers.

We also live in an age of hypocritical piety, trickle-down economics, massive inequality, and horrific suffering--just like Basil. If you can read this, and not feel like a shit, I'm not sure whether to congratulate you for being a saint, to commiserate with you on your own poverty, or to scorn you because you have no conscience whatsoever. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
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St Basil's homilies on the subject of wealth and poverty, although delivered in the fourth century, remain utterly fresh and contemporary. Whether you possess great wealth or have modest means, at the heart of Basil's message stands the maxim: Simplify your life, so you have something to share with others. While some patristic texts relate to obscure and highly philosophical questions, Basil's teachings on social issues are immediately understood andapplicable. At a time when vast income disparity and overuse of limited environmental resources are becoming matters of increasing concern, Basil's message is more relevant now than ever before.

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