We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, 2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:3All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.4For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries and enlarge the borders of their garments,6And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,7And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.9And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.10Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.11But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.12And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Image: Fra Angelico's fresco Sermon on the Mount, Florence, approx 1440.
"Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love Of This World For Crucifixtion And Empire" by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker
The ladies maintain there was a change in the iconography and thought around 1000 AD, around the time of the Great Charles of France. Christianity gave up trying to find Paradise in this world, and looked for it elsewhere. The cross became prominent, whereas earlier, Eden, the Four Rivers of Paradise, Christ as the Good Shepard were at the fore. This giving up of Paradise in this world led to militancy, murder, force.
It's a good book, though some of the social prescriptions in the last part might not be so well thought out.
I maintain Jesus was not an economist, therefore he couldn’t have been a socialist. And in his day, the means of production were a simple plow and stoop labor, not the mass production factory, and there were no great universities with departments creating new technology. Having withdrawn to the mountains, he returned, hero like, to share what he had found there, a pearl of great price. He threw out wildly impractical suggestions, called fools fools, condemned hypocrites and lawyers, gave the money bag to Judas to carry, and lived off the women. He told great stories with deep meaning, and humor too. It’s said he was the kind of man that could turn water into wine. He left his birth place, and his family, and his friends too, and finally left life itself. Having done zero to contribute to the material advance of his society, his every act was an effort to bring forth life and more life, and he often failed, and he changed the world, a little for the better, taken all in all.