'Greed is not the most fashionable concept these days. It ranks with 'guilt' and 'sin' as words that many modern people have virtually stopped using. According to Brian Rosner, greed is also a massive blind spot for Christians, which is...
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'Greed is not the most fashionable concept these days. It ranks with 'guilt' and 'sin' as words that many modern people have virtually stopped using. According to Brian Rosner, greed is also a massive blind spot for Christians, which is surprising given how much the Bible has to say about it. He writes:
"The most disturbing thing about he fact that greed is idolatry is that hardly anybody owns up to being a worshipper. Imagine the response of disbelief in the local church if it were revealed that the vast majority of its members were secretly worshipping other gods. Yet if our analysis of the religion of money is right, the unthinkable may not be so far from the truth."
BEYOND GREED helps open our eyes to the problems of unconscious idolatry, and then proposes a liberating lifestyle that trades in greed and materialism for something of far greater worth and satisfaction.
Brian S. Rosner (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Ancient History at Macquarie University, Australia. Previously he was senior lecturer in New Testament and ethics at Moore Theological College.
He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Paul, Scripture and Ethics: A Study of 1 Corinthians 5-7. ( Arbeiten zur Geschichte des Antiken Judentums und des Urchristentums 22. E.J. Brill, 1994.); How to get really Rich: A Sharp Look at the Religion of Greed. (Leicester: IVP, 1999.);Beyond Greed. (Matthias Press, 2004.); Greed is Idolatry: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor (Eerdmans, 2006), and 1 Corinthians (Pillar New Testament Commentary) with Roy Ciampa.
Most recently he has edited The Consolations of Theology and Exploring Exodus: Literary, theological and contemporary approaches
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