My latest post for Beneath the Tangles, which is on leisure and religion.
“And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done.” Genesis 2:2
Catholics and other Christians have been accused of fetishizing the poor, making angels of them, as it were. While this extreme is less harmful than the view which claims poverty as a sign of God’s disfavor, the political philosopher Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn makes a very good point when he asks whether a workman unable to make time for religion because of constant work is actually holier than a pious rich man? In the essay Leisure: The Basis of Culture (required reading for the modern gentleman, according to a friend of mine), another philosopher, Josef Pieper, describes modern society as a society of total work. On this surface, this point seems flawed: don’t we have more free time than a medieval…
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