I have recently found religion.

Let me very quickly follow this up with a ‘negative creed’ of the things I don’t believe in the literal truth of:

  • I don’t believe in a supernatural person.
  • I don’t believe that the world was created in six days.
  • I don’t believe in either the virgin birth or the bodily resurrection of Jesus.
  • I don’t believe that Jesus died for your sins and that if you don’t believe this before you die God will punish you for eternity thereafter.
  • I don’t believe that gay sex is sinful.

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Every seventh year you shall grant a remission of debts.

So decrees a biblical text, Deuteronomy 15:1. It was a standardisation of a known practice. Newly crowned Mesopotamian kings often cancelled debts and liberated people who had sold themselves into slavery because of debt. Cancellation would have been a popular move as there would have been more debtors than creditors – then as now.