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Re: A Dream of Hanoi
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0784  Friday, 25 April 2003

[1]     From:   Don Bloom <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 10:34:36 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0773 Re: A Dream of Hanoi

[2]     From:   Suzanne Westfall <
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        Date:   Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 12:29:40 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0773 Re: A Dream of Hanoi

[3]     From:   Matthew Baynham <
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        Date:   Fri, 25 Apr 2003 09:34:10 +0100
        Subj:   Calvinism and Money


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From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 10:34:36 -0500
Subject: 14.0773 Re: A Dream of Hanoi
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0773 Re: A Dream of Hanoi

Anna Kamaralli writes,

>Richard Burt's critique of this film makes me reflect on an attitude
>that often crops up in the US media that it seems to me has derived, in
>a curious way, from the influence of Calvinism on that culture.
>
>It began with the confusing of money with morality, whereby poverty and
>failure were viewed as morally suspect, and those with money were
>assumed to be more morally worthy than the poor. That was the Calvinist
>bit . . .

I'm afraid I find myself puzzled by the connection of Calvin to "the
confusing of money with morality. This is not one of his teachings that
I have come across, although my reading in the "Institutes" is
admittedly limited.

Could I get a clarification on the meaning of Calvinism and Calvinist as
used in this context?

Cheers,
don

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Date:           Thursday, 24 Apr 2003 12:29:40 -0400
Subject: 14.0773 Re: A Dream of Hanoi
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0773 Re: A Dream of Hanoi

In light of Richard Burt's observations, I find it disturbing that this
Oregon production is one of those chosen by the NEA to tour all over the
US in the coming year.  Apparently someone thought that the
Vietnamese-American effort was a good choice for diversity without
looking too far beneath the surface!

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From:           Matthew Baynham <
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Date:           Fri, 25 Apr 2003 09:34:10 +0100
Subject:        Calvinism and Money

I have heard Calvin blamed for many things, but never before for
confusing money with morality. For the record:

'It is entirely lawful for us to keep our corn and wine laid up in
granaries and cellars whilst everyone should continue to pray truly for
their daily bread from God. And this will be, if the rich do not
greedily swallow up everything they can lay their hands on; if they do
not avariciously scrape up here and there; if they do not gorge
themselves upon the hunger of the poor; if they do not, as far as in
them lies, reject the blessing of God. In short, if they do not
immoderately accumulate large possessions, but are liberal out of their
present abundance, are not too anxious as to the future, and are not
troubled, if needs be, that their wealth should suffer diminution; and,
even more, if they are ready to endure poverty, and glory not in their
abundance, but rely on the paternal bounty of God, [then their prayer
will be honest]. And surely we often find that what misers collect by
means of theft, rapine, fraud, cruelty, trickery or meanness, is often
turned into corruption.'
((c) Jean Calvin, Commentary on the Pentateuch, 1, p. 281 accessed at
www.tasc.ac.uk/histcourse/reformat/theologb/usury.htm)

Matthew Baynham
Chaplain
Bishop Grosseteste College


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