The Bible says more about money than about almost any other ethical issue. In a world where critics of capitalism are described as "unrealistic", Christians can point to a greater reality than the dominant values of our own time and culture. We can recognise that capitalism depends on faith in the idols of money and markets.
The Rev Dr Giles Fraser, Priest-in-Charge at St Mary Newington in London, and formerly Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral, is taking part in a chaired discussion on the future of capitalism in the aftermath of Occupy at St Paul's.
I was dragged by police from the steps of St Paul's Cathedral as I knelt in prayer during the eviction of Occupy London Stock Exchange. The occupiers had arrived on the cathedral's doorstep after they were prevented from protesting closer to the Stock Exchange. The Occupy movement attracted a surprising degree of public sympathy and Christians, like others, were challenged to choose sides.
Tammy Semede, part of the Occupy movement, who met regularly with representatives from St Paul's prior to the recent eviction in London, reflects on the way the cathedral behaved and illustrates the disillusionment that this has caused among a good number of people who had hoped for properly Christian behaviour from a Christian institution.
Regular readers of my blog (a small but much appreciated group!) may wonder if I've got a bit obsessed with the Occupy eviction and my forced removal from the steps of St Paul's Cathedral. Looking back now, I realise that my last five blog entries have been about it.
I admire David Ison, who was appointed Dean of St Paul's Cathedral earlier this week, for speaking up for same-sex marriage in his first national media interview after being appointed. I'm sorry that he ruined it within days by defending the forced eviction of Occupy London Stock Exchange in language that manages to be both evasive and insulting.