Thursday, October 14, 2010
What social practice has been condemned by Christian, Jewish, and Moslem tradtions, as well as the ancient Greeks, and yet forms one of the cornerstones of modern life? The answer, of course, is usury -- the lending of money at interest. Marc DiGirolami at PrawfsBlawg has an interesting discussion of the point.
DiGirolami asks if any other practice so widely condemned in antiquity is so important a part of modern life. Best answer from the comments so far: "Pride, Lust, and Envy."