[Some notes from part of a talk I did yesterday morning]
The bible's influence on...
Other cultures produce technology, ingenuity, inventions, not science
Other cultures seek to investigate the world, but by different means
Some cultures good at the practical, but they're not looking for patterns (or "laws")
In other cultures they believe in laws (Reason) but it doesn't occur to them to check the facts
E.g. Aristotle thought flies have four legs, it was taught for a thousand years
He thought there was a necessary universe and reason alone discovered it.
Christianity says there is Reason that takes flesh - which can be handled (1 John 1:1-4)
Here is a solid foundation for scientific enquiry. Both practical and patterned.
Ancient cultures only knew two responses to wealth: either horde or display.
Neither is good for economic growth
A culture is reared on the stories of Jesus - much about reinvesting
According to Jesus, the 'horder' is wicked. The 'displayer' is a proud fool.
More generally, grace and money is linked throughout the bible (riches of grace 6 times in Ephesians)
2 Corinthians 8 - from Christ to us and from us to the world
God never wants "payback" but "pass on" - freely you have received, freely give.
What happens when people apply that economically?
The end of hording and display - reinvestment... economic flourishing.
When did the phrase "gevernment of people by people for people" appear in English?
John Wycliffe - in preface to his bible translation (14th century!)
Bible provides standard by which to challenge divine right of kings
Charles I judges according to Scripture and executed. Divine right of kings also dealt death blow
More than this - biblical idea of priesthood: representation by one of us.
Not even God believes in the divine right of kings per se. There needs to be human representation.
The Son becomes Man in order to sit on the throne!
Our rulers need to be of the people.