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Gerhard Lenski Quote on Income Inequality

by Kalinda Rose Stevenson

Economic Inequality in the Tea Fields

The fact of income inequality is
almost surely as old as the human species.
No known society has ever had
a completely egalitarian social system.
Gerhard Lenski
The image of the workers in the tea fields of India demonstrates the economic inequality between the owners of the vast fields of tea and the workers who tend the tea plants.
Gerhard Lenski Income Inequality

Economic Inequality

The quotation is the lead quote of Chapter 17, "Identities of 'The Little Ones' and the Elites," of Your True Self Identity: How Familiar Translations of Bible Verses in the Gospel of Matthew Hide Your True Identity from You.

Gerhard Lenski is a renowned sociologist who has done significant research in the role of income inequality in societies, especially in his book, Power and Privilege.  Power & Privilege: A Theory of Social Stratification is an academic book that explains why the rich are rich and the poor are poor. 

Power and Privilege seeks to answer the central question of the field of social stratification: Who gets what and why? Using a dialectical view of the development of thought in the discipline, Gerhard Lenski describes the outlines of an emerging synthesis of theories. He shows that perspectives as diverse and contradictory as those of Marx, Spencer, Sumner, Veblen, Mosca, Pareto, Sorokin, Parsons, and Dahrendorf are parts of an evolving and systematic body of theory.
[ Original Post October 20, 2014]
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Does the Bible Really Say That? Series focuses on the impact of Bible translations on what people believe “the Bible says” on any topic.

Gospel of Wealth or Poverty?: How do Bible Verses about Jesus, Wealth, Poverty, and Heaven Affect Your Income? connects your financial status and your biblical beliefs. The question mark in the title challenges either/or choices between wealth or poverty based on Bible verses.

Wealth and poverty are significant themes in the Bible. If you focus on isolated Bible verses, you can claim that God wants you to be poor. You can also claim that God wants to you to be rich. But neither claim can be justified if you go beyond the verses and read whole stories set in their original social, economic, political, and religious contexts.

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Does the Bible Really Say That? Series focuses on the impact of Bible translations on what people believe “the Bible says” on any topic.

Your True Self Identity: How Familiar Translations of Bible Verses in the Gospel of Matthew Hide Your True Identity from you considers the idea of your true self-identity. Do you know your true self-identity? Are you happy being who you are? If you are not happy, what if the real cause of your unhappiness is that you don’t really know your true identity? One powerful reason is the effect of misleading translations of the Christian Bible.

One glaring example of the effect of Bible translations on identity is Chapter 18 of the Gospel of Matthew. Careful analysis of familiar translation choices in English language bibles demonstrates how sin doctrine creates false identities by turning the innocent into sinners.

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