“A desire to put democracy on different foundations has abided throughout modernity.  For close to two centuries, the chief name of that desire was ‘socialism’; and regardless of whether the name or the program survives, the desire persists, and will grow even more urgent in the arriving epoch of economic and ecological turbulence.  ‘Socialism’ included the array of attempts to extend democratic control over property, the distribution of wealth, and the design and purpose of productive technology.  Unlike their Marxist or other secular counterparts, Christian socialist insisted that the imago Dei must be the measure of revolutionary action, which meant that socialism must be a struggle over the ends as well as the means of production.  Perhaps under another name, that conviction should be honored and revived; and especially now, any worthwhile political theology must reopen the question of property and wealth – which is to say, of capitalism.”

From, “The Earthly City: Can Augustine Save Our Politics?” Commonweal

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