It happens sometimes. A conservative friend will read something by someone like me – someone who suggests being more generous towards people living in poverty or someone who advocates for a universal basic income – and they’ll cite this fragment of a verse from Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians12 Thessalonians 3:10: He who does not work, neither shall he eat. It’s a popular bit of conservative ethics. Unfortunately, it’s also torn from its context and repeated without any reflection. In this post, I’m going to look at this phrase and a few of the reasons why it’s wrong…
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