Socialism : Theory Vs. Praxis From A Christian Worldview

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Socialism: Theory vs. Praxis from a Christian Worldview In "Thinking for the Sake of Global Faithfulness", Thabiti Anyabwile, reminds us that we are called to be thinking people As Christians, he says, “we are called to love the Lord our God with all our mind, all our intellect, in the cause of being faithful to God and enjoying Him forever” (2011, p. 82). In considering an alternate worldview, such as socialism, careful mindfulness should be applied. It must be done with logic and, as good Christians, with heart. Dr. James Henderson would agree with this, as he says we must be “humble and redemptive” in evaluating a worldview. (Henderson, 2015) In this paper, I will evaluate socialism as theory versus praxis with humility and a redemptive Christian worldview perspective and, in so doing; expose the true fundamentals of socialism as nothing more than the very elitism and totalitarianism it sets out to eradicate. Socialism came about at the end of the Eighteenth Century following the French Revolution and the fall of the French monarchy. The weak and incompetent French monarch, Louis XVI and his controversial queen, Marie Antoinette, lived a lifestyle of excess and opulence while the French people starved due to years of bad crops and economic uncertainty. Louis XVI was indecisive, irresponsible, and completely out of touch with the desperate needs of his people. Resentment for the French monarchy paved the way for movements like socialism and liberalism, all of which had
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