Christian fundamentalists have borrowed a term once confined to cultural and legal studies to further a worldview inconsistent with Christ’s teachings. That term—the Judeo-Christian Ethic—is often defined by the Ten Commandments, which are guidelines unworthy of those concerned with the great query: What manner of person ought I be? The New Christian Ethic acknowledges that the laws of Leviticus are obsolete, callings are highly individualized and faith is impossible without uncertainty.
I was an investment banker for many years and ran structured products for a bulge bracket Wall Street firm. In that role I created, among other esoteric products, CDOs and Credit Default Swaps, which would eventual play a role in the real estate debacle that brought the country to its knees.
But don't go hating me, because in 1999 (way before the stuff hit the fan) I came to the startling conclusion that I didn't want to be an investment banker anymore. Part of the calculus that went into the decision was this: I have money in the bank and there are starving people in the world. Can I really say I love my neighbor? So for several years I looked for more redeeming ways to spend my time. I taught high school math and learned, much to my dismay, that teenagers weren't interested in being inspired to love numbers. I also wrote several novels--two of which were published by Ebbing Tide Press--and I kept the lights on by providing consulting services to small banks and credit unions.
I began writing this blog as a reaction to events that were being supported by Christian fundamentalists, but to me seemed inconsistent with the Savior's teachings.
I hope you enjoy it. Drop me a note if you feel so inclined.