A discussion of Western ethics and Third World debt. The author aims to illustrate that recovering a Biblical sense of justice would aid us in learning to help and helping the Third World. The text claims that we cannot plead...
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A discussion of Western ethics and Third World debt. The author aims to illustrate that recovering a Biblical sense of justice would aid us in learning to help and helping the Third World. The text claims that we cannot plead ignorance of the way international finance operates.
A discussion of First World ethics and Third World debt. The responsiblity of Christians is clearly involved; we cannot plead ignorance of the way international finance operates when Christ's statements of our responsibility to our neighbour are so clear.;Vallely exposes how complex financial structures involving national banks and the International Monetary Fund are used, often wilfully, to disguise the true nature of our exploitation of the Third World. By recovering a biblical sense of justice, each of us can take practical steps to re-adjust the situation by changing our personal lifestyles, the nature of the Church and becoming involved in 'prophetic resistance'. Global change, lesser exploitation and more just relationships will only be achieved at the cost of lower standards of living. Like the Good Samaritan, are those of us with two coats prepared to give one away? The West's past record would suggest not.
Paul Vallely is a top-flight journalist with a international reputation as a commentator on religion, society and political issues. He was correspondent for The Times in Ethiopia during the famine of 1984-5 for which he was commended as International Reporter of the Year. He was the co-author of Bob Geldof's massive-selling autobiography, Is That It? and was later involved in the organisation of Live 8. In 2004 he was seconded to the Commission for Africa set up by the British prime minister, Tony Blair where he worked on the Commission's report Our Common Interest (later published by Penguin). He is the editor of The New Politics: Catholic Social Teaching for the 21st century and has advised the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. He was created a CMG 'for services to journalism and to the developing world' in 2006.
- Ethiopia - The Eyes Of The Dying
- Principalities And Powers
- Debt And Delusion
- Adjustment And Anger
- The Bible On Wealth And Debt
- Towards A Theology Of Debt
- Remission Or Default.