CHRISTIAN FAITH AND THE ECONOMY: Downloadable PDF

CHRISTIAN FAITH AND THE ECONOMY: Downloadable PDF

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Philip Hughes
December 2011

With increasing debt levels, ageing populations, climate change, and deepening divisions between rich and poor, the world is staggering economically. Some international Christian bodies have called for profound economic changes for the flourishing of human life in a more equitable and sustainable world. However, survey data shows that, while Christians have a compassion for the poor, many find it difficult to know how to apply the principles of the Christian faith to economic matters. Among the churches, one finds a variety of theologies of economics from the Prosperty Gospel to the vision of a new world economic order as an expression of God’s salvation. This paper does not attempt to evaluate the different statements from the churches or their theologies. In summarising some of the viewpoints, it aims to promote consideration of these issues, as human beings seek new, just and sustainable ways of living in a globalised world.


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