Roland Boer is one of my favorite critical theorists, and I can’t wait for his next book to come out.
For those interested in theology and economics, I thought this quote was a classic:
“Further, in an economy where one could not invest money, where the notion of buying shares in the stock market did not exist, for there were no stock markets (let alone banks), where even credit was a very primitive notion, what did one do with any amount of money? As Morris Finley points out, the natural thing to do was bury money until you needed it. This the rich did again and again. So the slave who buried the talent did the right thing according to practices of the rich at the time. But the parable condemns him and not the ones who ‘worked’ the talents out in a desperately poor community.”
See more: Parable of the Talents
Onward Christian soldiers!
For an alternative and complementary reading of this parable, see my post: The Parable-Driven Life: The Parable of the Minas (Luke 19:11-28)