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Unrighteous Mammon: A Parable of Precarity and Power

Before Hillary Clinton took the podium last Wednesday to give a concession speech with extraordinary dignity and grace, her running-mate Tim Kaine offered his own words of encouragement to the voters and volunteers who had supported the Democratic ticket. In the course of his remarks, Kaine mentioned one of Jesus’s parables, the story of the workers in the vineyard.  This winsome vignette, one of my favorites among the “Kingdom of Heaven” parables, offers a lesson on generosity and grace.  It is a parable that academics would do well to take to heart, for it challenges the toxic logic of a Read more