No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future

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Fortress Press, 2009 - Religion - 208 pages
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Economics has always had a moral dimension; even free-market mascot Adam Smith was a Christian minister. Yet recent events have renewed and recast theological reflection on the economy as the gospel of prosperity succumbs to large-scale economic crisis. In that light Joerg Rieger explores the many dimensions of today's economic crisis. What are the fundamental shifts taking place in the global economy today, and how are they affecting provision for basic human needs, economic equity, and people's prospects?
 

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Contents

No Riding Tide Religion Economics and Empire
1
The Logic of Downturn Class Matters in Religion and Economics
29
God and the FreeMarket Economy
60
Consuming Desire vs Resisting Desire
89
Rethinking God and the World
122
The Turning of the Tide Theology Religion and Economics
154
Notes
163
Index
187
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Joerg Rieger (PhD, Duke University) is Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology, SMU. An internationally recognized scholar and activist, he has engaged in questions of liberation, theology and economics for over two decades, addressing the relation of theology to public life. Rieger is the author of many books includingOccupy Religion (with Kwok Pui-lan), Grace under Pressure, Globalization and Theology, No Rising Tide, Christ and Empire, God and the Excluded and Remember the Poor. He is also the coauthor of Beyond the Spirit of Empire: New Perspectives in Politics and Religion with Brazilian theologian Jung Mo Sung and Argentinian theologian Nestor Miguez. Rieger has lectured throughout the U.S. as well as internationally, including presentations in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, England, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and China. In the Dallas area, he is active in the religion and labor movement as a member of the steering committee of Jobs with Justice and a co-founder of the Workers' Rights Board.

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