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Elizabeth Pirinis November 19, 2008 Outline Research Question: How is the accumulation of wealth and the conditions of the poor regarded in Buddhism and Christianity? Thesis: Wealth in Buddhism and Christianity is seen as a hindrance to spiritual development and living a humble life the ideal. I. Introduction II. Wealth and Poverty from the Christian biblical perspective. a) The Old Testament i) Emphasis on equality and justice ii) Wealthy responsible for the condition of the “oppressed” which indicates the poor iii) Economic and social justice indicating that the redistribution of wealth should be regular b) New Testament i) Emphasis on the fact that you cannot serve both God and money ii) Jesus called people to give up their privileged lives and power that came with this to identify with the poor iii) Koinoia-greek word for sharing in common important ideal for all iv) Early Christians gave up their possessions after the resurrection and “distributed them to all” so they had all things in common
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