Having: Property and Possession in Religious and Social Life

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Social Science - 415 pages
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In today's market economies, people constitute much of their identity in relation to the things they possess, and communities facilitate social intercourse and survival by means of property relations. What, if anything, might the study of the biblical religions contribute to thinking about and responding to the basic reality of "having"?

In this book scholars in a variety of fields -- theology, ethics, economics, and biblical studies -- address in new and penetrating ways the meaning of "having" in religious and social life and offer a number of compelling answers to challenging questions about property and possession in our present, global age.

 

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Contents

Property and Possession in Light of the Ten Commandments
17
Love Law and the Ethics
51
The Body and Projects of SelfPossession
141
What Is Enough? Catholic Social Thought
162
On Using the World
189
The Paradox of Property and Possession
222
Reconsidering Greed
249
Avarice Prudence and the Bourgeois Virtues
312
The Moral Economy of Ownership
337
Economies of Grace
353
Bibliographic Resources on Property
383
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