Paywalling God

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Woe

aka Eschatologuy

Who owns the words of Scripture? Does rearranging them change the answer?

We Christians living in the West have inherited a copyright — really, an entire ‘intellectual property’ — regime that rests upon a number of premises, presumptions, presuppositions. It is contended that authors, et al., benefit from the regime. Do they? It is contended that creativity and productivity are incentivized by the regime. Are they?

Even if the contentions that undergird the present copyright regime are, arguendo, true, does that mean that it is morally permissible to subject theological works (at least the sound ones) to the strictures of such system?

What is the purpose of copyright?
What is the purpose of theology?

Are these compatible?

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