See the detailed economic and theological analysis by Anthony Santelli Ph. D. in the Culture Wars issue of July/August 2013.
To summarize it very briefly, usury is an act of war cf. Deuteronomy 23:19-20. Christians are allowed to practice it defensively if economic war is waged on them ; if they practice it at the legal rate, they are simply getting back the money that's been stolen from them by usury.
It would be better to not practice usury at all, sure, but one must realize in a world of state-sponsored usury, any group who abstains from usury in any way will get totally destitute in a short time. They might just as well leave society and go live a lonely, rough life on a desert island.
Poverty is an evangelical counsel, not a commandment. Transforming a counsel into a commandment has usually created long-lived economic utopias but short-lived sects.
Its more interesting to me that you did not capitalize Christian.
Anyway, Martin Luther said interest was OK 500 years ago.
Sure, anglos can rationalize it any way they want, like any other religious point - we see the results after a while.
I don't care who said what - usury is the enslavement of others, if that's not evil to you then we are not on the same side.
Don't know, we don't have that here.
It would be better imho for emj to write about how the current pope is pro-gays and pro-migrants
Usury is not a fight anymore in the usa, everybody worships money anyway.
Or maybe religion is simply not a fight anymore in the usa since everybody worships money - you tell me.