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Re: Beating Systems
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.1017  Friday, 12 April 2002

[1]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 10:25:40 -0700
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1003 Re: Beating Systems

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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 19:06:56 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.1003 Re: Beating Systems

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        Date:   Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 22:56:18 -0400
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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Wednesday, 10 Apr 2002 10:25:40 -0700
Subject: 13.1003 Re: Beating Systems
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.1003 Re: Beating Systems

Martin Steward suggests that

>My point is, what we
>believe is beside the point, when considered next to the Providence of
>God. The only possible belief we can have that would be sanctioned by
>divine Providence is that Gates's inordinate wealth suggests his elect
>status, at least until he loses it all in a stock-market crash. I guess
>this is one of the places where Calvin (or at least some of his more
>radical antinomian "followers") would have disagreed with Luther.

I'm not really up on my Calvin, but his followers must have found some
way to reconcile notions of Providence with the observable fact that not
all rich people were Calvinists.

Perhaps Providence, in its infinite wisdom, has provided Gates with his
billions not as a sign of grace, but as a temptation.  For that matter,
the goal might not be elevate the Microsoft chairman himself, but to use
him as a means of promoting anti-malarial vaccinations.

Cheers,
Se

 

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