Selling Salvation V: An Economy of Spirit

In my last post, I suggested that philanthropism — giving away goods, services, and knowledge, rather than selling them — was a more ethical choice, and one which could be viable even in the modern capitalist world economy.  Many thriving organizations — charities, non-profits, and open-source organizations — give away their work for free, subsisting…

Selling Salvation IV: Philanthropism

In my last post on this topic (Selling Salvation III:  Property and Prostitution) I talked about the ethics of trade — the free market exchange — and suggested that buying and selling anything is inherently, at the deepest level, an act of disrespect. Why? In brief, when you buy or sell something, you’re saying, “You’re…

Selling Salvation III: Property and Prostitution

Suppose you know the Meaning of Life.  Would it be moral sell that information to the highest bidder? A year ago, in “Selling Salvation:  How Much is it Worth?”, I pointed out that the great religious leaders of the past — Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Mohammed — had given Salvation away for free, to…

Selling Salvation II: Setting a Price for Your Product

A glance at the comments on the previous post shows what a complex topic this is; it easily merits a follow-up.  For this article, I’m going to focus on the conundrum facing the individual who is trying to set a price for mediumship/life-coaching/therapy/etc.  The economics are much more interesting than selling physical commodities, or even…

Selling Salvation: How Much is it Worth?

Mercy is calling you, won’t you give heed? Must the dear Savior still tenderly plead? Risk not your soul, it is precious indeed; Oh, if today God should call it away, What would you give in exchange for your soul? (Bluegrass standard; lyrics by FJ Berry) How much is salvation worth? In dollars? No, really,…