Unless you watch a lot of Bloomberg or CNBC, you may not have heard of Davos. Time Magazine summarizes:
The small alpine ski town of Davos has just entered its peak season. Every January, a lively mélange of global business magnates, world leaders, entrepreneurs, activists, journalists and intellectuals descend upon the Swiss village to ski, socialize and participate in the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. The five-day gathering, organized by the Geneva-based nonprofit, is intended to provide a platform to debate pressing global challenges. Not surprisingly, the recent economic meltdown is at the forefront of the agenda for this year’s meeting — aptly titled “Shaping the Post-Crisis World” — which kicked off on January 28th and is already considered to be the most important (and somber) Davos conference yet.
Essentially, Davos is a forum for power networking in an environment of excess. Given the current financial climate, I feel it is the economic equivalent of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. It just looks terribly out of place as businesses slash jobs by the thousands and report ever-dismal earnings. In short, Davos is a theology of glory in the midst of a theology of the cross, and a powerful commentary on just why some of us find this strain of theology to be inappropriate in the church given what we know about the human condition and the design of salvation.