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Christianity & Capitalism: The End and Economic Imagination

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As some of you will know, I’ve been working this year for the Sydney University Evangelical Union, a student organisation. As part of my role I’m running a seminar at the EU’s Annual Conference. The topic this year is eschatology. To my delight, I’ve been able to convince the senior staff to allow me to run a seminar which nicely combines my studies in political economy with my love for theology & Christian living. My topic (as above): Christianity & Capitalism: The End and Economic Imagination.

I’ve had to write a blurb, so that the students can decide whether or not they want to come to my seminar. Here it is. Let me know what you think!

Wealth is a problem. On this the Old Testament Law and prophets, the New Testament writers and Jesus himself are unambiguous. How, then, are Christians to live in a world where endless economic growth and rising living standards are the norm, where social outcomes are measured by dollar-value?

If you’re a Christian living in a capitalist world (hint: that’s you), you need to wrestle with these questions. Exploring ‘the End’ according to capitalism and ‘the End’ according to the Bible, we’ll see how God’s economy of abundant grace can free us to imagine economic practices that promote human flourishing.

A seminar for anyone who has ever wondered what the Bible has to say about wealth. Students of economics, business and political economy may find themselves challenged to rethink everything they think they know!

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Written by richardrglover

June 18, 2012 at 21:47

7 Responses

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  1. After the talk I assume :)

    Stephen Driscoll

    June 18, 2012 at 21:58

  2. Wheres the like button!!

    rodger richards

    June 18, 2012 at 22:45

  3. nom nom nom nom I”l be there!

    Nic Trevena

    June 18, 2012 at 23:56

  4. could you perhaps record it? youtube? vimeo? also, can’t remember if I recommended it already, but here is Debt, which is primarily concerned with religion and the morality of debt: http://mhpbooks.com/books/debt/

    Jack Self

    June 19, 2012 at 06:12

    • Thanks for the link. I’ve seen the book everywhere since you mentioned it to me! Haven’t had a chance to read it yet.

      I’ll put up something approximating the full text of the seminar after the conference. I’m thinking of trying to get it published in some form.


      June 19, 2012 at 11:41

  5. [...] of a very very newly married friend who has thought about this a lot (for realsies, check out his blog, and if you’re going on Ancon, maybe you should go to his seminar). However, I think this [...]

  6. I intend to post at least some summaries after the conference!


    June 18, 2012 at 22:20

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