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David Bratís Biblical Views Shape His Tea Party Politics (Christianity + Capitalism)
Time ^ | June 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Dias

Posted on 06/13/2014 10:59:57 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o

The Republican primary race in Virginia’s 7th district was a David and Goliath story from the beginning. [snip]

Brat’s spiritual life has long been as central to his identity, even though it has also been difficult to pigeonhole. He currently attends a Catholic church, but he also identifies as a Calvinist, and he lists four churches as affiliations on his resume: St. Michael’s Catholic, Christ Church Episcopal, Third Presbyterian, and Shady Grove Methodist. He earned his bachelors from Hope College, a Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Mich., which is historically affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, a Protestant denomination that sprouted during the 17th century. He got a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian school, but while there wrote a thesis on logical positivism and its impact on economic science—not a typical choice for someone earning a ministerial degree. He then switched his focus and earned a Ph.D. in economics from American University.

Through all of that, one aspect of his faith has been constant: Brat takes the Protestant work ethic seriously. Like many of his Tea Party colleagues, Brat is an Ayn Rand enthusiast, and coauthored a paper assessing the moral foundations of her writings in 2010. [snip]

He argues: “Church folk and my liberal pals are always preaching about inclusiveness and diversity. . . . However, a real test for liberal Christian types is whether they will reach out to capitalists!”

The thing that comes last in his plan? “Finally, I think Jesus told us to help our neighbor when they get in a bind,” he writes. “But that comes last in my little story here, not first.”

(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Philosophy; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: aynrand; brat; calvinist; catholic; davidbrat
Class, discuss.
1 posted on 06/13/2014 10:59:58 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Wow, he believes in biblical scripture. Burn him at the stake. /s


2 posted on 06/13/2014 11:04:07 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Take out the trash)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Capitalism is a practical implementation of Christianity — to serve one’s neighbor as oneself. No producer can be successful unless he pleases his customer.


3 posted on 06/13/2014 11:05:26 AM PDT by mason-dixon (As Mason said to Dixon, you have to draw the line somewhere.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Intellectual gravitas in the Congress. Whoda thunk it?

Fascinating.


4 posted on 06/13/2014 11:06:13 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

OH NOES A CHRISTIAN!


5 posted on 06/13/2014 11:06:46 AM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

DemocRATS ‘War On Christianity’ begins.


6 posted on 06/13/2014 11:07:07 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; Alex Murphy

This space reserved for the ever incisive comments of Alex Murphy.

Please also block off responses 20-40 for indignant retorts against said comments of Alex Murphy.


7 posted on 06/13/2014 11:07:53 AM PDT by Claud
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To: Claud; Mrs. Don-o; Alex Murphy
I meant to call attention to this:

He currently attends a Catholic church, but he also identifies as a Calvinist

8 posted on 06/13/2014 11:11:10 AM PDT by Claud
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To: Mrs. Don-o

So far...I likey.


9 posted on 06/13/2014 11:11:10 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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He currently attends a Catholic church, but he also identifies as a Calvinist, and he lists four churches as affiliations on his resume: St. Michael’s Catholic, Christ Church Episcopal, Third Presbyterian, and Shady Grove Methodist. He earned his bachelors from Hope College, a Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Mich., which is historically affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, a Protestant denomination that sprouted during the 17th century. He got a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a Presbyterian school, but while there wrote a thesis on logical positivism and its impact on economic science—not a typical choice for someone earning a ministerial degree. He then switched his focus and earned a Ph.D. in economics from American University.

Through all of that, one aspect of his faith has been constant: Brat takes the Protestant work ethic seriously. Like many of his Tea Party colleagues, Brat is an Ayn Rand enthusiast, and coauthored a paper assessing the moral foundations of her writings in 2010.

That's a lot of name-dropping. I think he's trying entirely too hard to appeal to conservative religious voters.

10 posted on 06/13/2014 11:13:41 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I’m a little bit nervous about the idea of being affiliated with four different churches. But I suppose he wants to reach out to conservative Christians of all stripes, as a politician.

When I was teaching, I belonged to the Conference on Christianity and Literature, which was started by Evangelicals but subsequently brought in Catholics and others. We got on fine, agreeing to disagree on some theological matters, but determined to work together against the atheists and death dealers who are corrupting our society.

That’s what “ecumenical” should mean—praying together, working together, but not compromising your beliefs down to a worthless “common denominator.”

I’m not quite sure how you can reconcile strict Calvinism with Catholicism, and I was surprised at how many of my Evangelical friends were unwilling to deal with the Calvinists as well. But I did have a couple of friends at Calvin College, and we did work together on issues where we could agree.


11 posted on 06/13/2014 11:17:15 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
"I’m not quite sure how you can reconcile strict Calvinism with Catholicism"

Sounds like he's a Jansenist. Or an Augustinian.

12 posted on 06/13/2014 11:23:37 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: stocksthatgoup

Hmmm. I’m thinkin’ tar and feathers. How dare he even think of blaspheming the libs?


13 posted on 06/13/2014 11:36:39 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Cicero; don-o
There aren't a whole lot of Calvinists around here, at least that I am aware of, but I do prayer-vigil at the local abortion chop-shop with one set of Calvinists, and my husband and I sing from a shape-note hymnal ("Christian Harmony") with a sweet Calvinist couple with two cherubic tiny sons. Their kids are named "Justified-by-Faith" and "Strong-in-the-Hope-of-Deliverance".

I kid you not.

14 posted on 06/13/2014 11:41:06 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (When the heart is pure, it can't help loving, because it has found the source of love, which is God.)
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To: Claud
He currently attends a Catholic church, but he also identifies as a Calvinist

Well, he's half right.

15 posted on 06/13/2014 12:16:29 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Cor 16: 32)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
There aren't a whole lot of Calvinists around here

You're right, we are few in number.

16 posted on 06/13/2014 12:20:25 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Cor 16: 32)
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To: Graybeard58
You're right, we are few in number.

Admit it, you wouldn't want it any other way. ;)

17 posted on 06/13/2014 12:24:24 PM PDT by Claud
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To: Mrs. Don-o
I thought those names went out with the old English Puritans and the Pilgrim Fathers.

There was a fellow in London named "Had-Jesus-Christ-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebones". He changed his name to Nicholas Barbon and started the first fire insurance company.

You can look it up.

18 posted on 06/13/2014 12:29:50 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Why is the Christian religion suddenly such a horrible thing? Don’t any Americans still believe in God, have they all converted atheism or Muslim?

Someone should corner these clowns who write like this,
“What’s wrong with God?” Make them defend their position.


19 posted on 06/13/2014 12:32:20 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I grew up in and around Calvinist Central, which would include Hope College and Calvin College. Calvinists are not Catholics in theology or practices. BTW, Amway = Calvinist and has delivered millions and millions to Calvinist causes. Amway has also delivered millions and millions to other causes including truly significant medical $$$.


20 posted on 06/13/2014 12:36:30 PM PDT by Oystir
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To: AnAmericanMother

Fire insurance! Cool.


21 posted on 06/13/2014 12:41:55 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (When the heart is pure, it can't help loving, because it has found the source of love, which is God.)
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To: Kenny

The author certainly has a snide attitude, but I think this info makes Brat all the more interesting, at least.


22 posted on 06/13/2014 12:42:45 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (When the heart is pure, it can't help loving, because it has found the source of love, which is God.)
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To: Cicero

“I’m a little bit nervous about the idea of being affiliated with four different churches.”

I don’t have a problem with it. Sounds like he is a serious Christian and dissatisfied with either the local church or certain items in a given denomination.

I am Catholic, but have taken to attending a Bible Church because my local priest is a racist and a communist of the South American variety.


23 posted on 06/13/2014 12:44:13 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (RINOS like Romney, McCain, Christie are sure losers. No more!)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Bttt


24 posted on 06/13/2014 1:06:54 PM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Mrs. Don-o
Agreed. If nothing else, it shows him to be open-minded. We have a local Catholic College (St. Vincent) which is considered one of the better conservative colleges in the nation and a sharp contrast to the Marxist theorists who call themselves Jesuits.

The term "Calvinist" is also highly generic. They range from some of the very tolerant (or traditional in the conservative sense) Presbyterian sects to the "my way or the highway, anyone who doesn't believe exactly like me is going straight to hell especially Mormons and Catholics" who haunt this forum from time to time.

Religious bigotry is a libtard value, not a conservative one.

25 posted on 06/13/2014 1:55:55 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman
The term "Calvinist" is also highly generic. They range from some of the very tolerant (or traditional in the conservative sense) Presbyterian sects to the "my way or the highway, anyone who doesn't believe exactly like me is going straight to hell especially Mormons and Catholics" who haunt this forum from time to time.

LOL name one!

26 posted on 06/13/2014 3:31:02 PM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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