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The True Calling of Capitalism

October 20, 2009

City004-300x120[1]Earlier this month, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation sponsored a seminar debating the role of faith in today’s global marketplace.

Wait -What? Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has a Faith Foundation? I never knew that, but apparently that’s what’s been going down across the pond these days with the tidy Mr. Blair, ever since his retirement from Prime Ministry of the United Kingdom.

The Foundation’s mission is to “promote respect and understanding about the world’s major religions and show how faith is a powerful force for good in the modern world.” Brilliant, Tony! Spot on! (Note my convincing British accent here.)

The particular seminar that I am referring to was aptly entitled, “Faith in the Workplace?” Yes, the squeaky little question mark is there on purpose. Like I said, it was a debate.  

To finish this post (and to find out what the true calling of capitalism might be!), please head over to my article at The High Calling Blogs.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2009 11:30 am


    a regular feature or series of articles in a newspaper, magazine, or the like, usually having a readily identifiable heading and the byline of the writer or editor, that reports or comments upon a particular field of interest, as politics, theater, or etiquette, or which may contain letters from readers, answers to readers’ queries, etc.

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    Column contrast refers to the overall color or greyness established by the column, and can be adjusted in a number of ways. One way is to adjust the relationship between the width and height of the column. Another way is to make adjustments to the typeface, from choosing a specific font, to adjusting weight, style, size and leading. Column contrast can be used to establish hierarchy, to balance the page composition, and to visually activate areas of the page.[5]

    In web design, columns are often used to separate primary content from secondary and tertiary content. For example, a common two column layout may include a left column with navigation links, and a right column for body text. One methods of creating columns for the web is to place text within an HTML table element, often with the border set to zero. However, this method is considered outdated and inaccessible to some. Another method includes using CSS to either float or position the corresponding text. These methods were not as straightforward as using HTML tables, which made a tableless three column layout a sort of holy grail once these techniques were discovered in the early 2000s.[6] More recent levels of CSS have addressed column behaviors[7], although not many browsers support these behaviors.

  2. October 20, 2009 10:59 pm

    (Posting a comment here, too …)

    Even when He is not acknowledged, God cannot help but receive glory when our light shines before men.

    I can’t help but think of the Proverb:
    “Do you see a man who excels in his work?
    He will stand before kings;
    He will not stand before unknown men. “

  3. nancy permalink
    October 21, 2009 12:39 am

    i like the camel.
    very creative and original…just like you.

  4. shrinkingthecamel permalink*
    October 21, 2009 5:11 am

    Nancy – about the columns.. ummm…. are you trying to tell me something?

    Anne – Thanks for that fine piece of scripture from Proverbs. That is truly inspiring!

  5. October 22, 2009 3:20 pm


    I do not know that much about various religions throughout the world. I do know, however, the importance of getting up every morning and doing work while remaining committed to long-term goals. Consistency and persistence is key, at least in my mind.

    I love to work on the weekends too.

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