Christian economic ethics : history and implications by Daniel K. Finn

By Daniel K. Finn

What does the background of Christian perspectives of financial existence suggest for fiscal existence within the twenty-first century? right here Daniel Finn reports the insights supplied by means of quite a few texts, from the Bible and the early church, to the center a long time and the Protestant Reformation, to remedies of the topic within the final century. hoping on either social technology and theology, Finn then turns to the results of this heritage for monetary existence at the present time. all through, the ebook invitations the reader to have interaction the resources and to boost a solution to the volume's easy query

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Hinkelammert urges his readers to step back and think about the belief system underlying capitalism as a sort of metaphysics that has not been proven but is such a basic part of public consciousness, particularly business consciousness, that it goes without challenge in the normal course of life. His point, of course, is that this set of beliefs is deeply wrong and, employing biblical language, makes an idol—a false god—out of the market. The religion of economics Entrepreneurs do not view themselves as the prime movers.

Hinkelammert thus understands the outcomes of the capitalist market as ideologically supported by this erroneous metaphysics broadly held in commercial society. That misunderstanding goes so far as to think that the wealthy create wealth by their investment and completely overlooks the role of ordinary workers in that process. Thus in a long history of socialist critique of capitalism, Hinkelammert appeals to his readers to understand the misplaced confidence in markets and in the profit-seeking of firms, and instead recommends, out of an appeal to the fundamental Christian concern for the neighbor, that believers should work to transform the economy to a more just (and socialist) economic system.

The Protestant Reformation Resources for Interpretation 11. The Development of Moral Teaching 12. Engaging Controversies Today 13. What We Should and Should Not Learn from Economics Modern Church Teaching on Economic Life 14. Pope Leo XIII and Pope Pius XI 15. Pope John XXIII and Pope Paul VI 16. Contemporary Protestant Thought on Economic Life 17. Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI Coming to Conclusions 18. Principles for an Economic Ethic Today 19. Implications for an Economic Ethic Today 20.

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