Brueggemann is at the farthest, the illogical end of the spectrum of the prophetic imagination. He rants vituperatively against the rich of the world, and in doing so forgets that Christ came both the rich and the poor. Contrary to Bruggemann's fevered imagination, God is not partial to the economically disenfranchised. Too often the good professor goes off on a rant against capitalist driven economic system, and forgets that the system is necessary for the functioning of a village's well being, a city's life, a nation's prosperity, and a world's functioning. After all, if philanthropy is the salubrious outcome of capitalism, then philanthropy enables at least one poor village in central Africa to taste the good life: clothes, water, medical clinics, and electricity. How then can capitalism be a bad thing? Bruggemann whilst talking about capitalism engages in a false dichotomy-bad v good, and thereby looses standing to appeal to those who love, benefit and appreciate capitalism. (Pope Francis has also been cut from the same cloth as Bruggemann in this regard.) I am not denying that there is great economic injustice in the world, but one cannot blame economic injustice solely on capitalism as Bruggemann does. There are other factors: human actors, and human greed. Why does not he talk about human greed, sin and folly? Surely there is a material richness in talking about folly, sin and greed that infects most of our individual and collective intentions!
More information about text formats