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Faith & Wealth

Faith & Wealth

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Ideas pertaining to economics and social order were central concerns of the early Christian church, yet modern theologians and scholars have paid little or no attention to these issues as important theological questions. This brilliant and thorough study is a history of the views that Christians held of the origin, significance and use of wealth. Justo Gonzalez examines early Christian ideas, beliefs and teachings about the use of money, property, communal sharing and the rights and obligations of rich and poor. Setting the Christian community in the political, social and economic contexts of the times, Gonzalez highlights the ideas of such prominent writers as Cyprian, Ambrose, Augustine, John Chrysostom, and the Desert Fathers concerning wealth -- noting what traditional scholarship has overlooked. As the author points out, this book is not a social or economic history of Christianity during the first four centuries; it is a history of the views that Christians held on economic matters. This profound, enlightening and highly readable work of excellent scholarship is a major contribution to the study of the history of Christian thought. It clearly demonstrates that the issues of economics and social justice are central theological concerns, deeply rooted in Christian doctrine and Christian tradition.

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Ideas pertaining to economics and social order were central concerns of the early Christian church, yet modern theologians and scholars have paid little or no attention to these issues as important theological questions. This brilliant and thorough study is a history of the views that Christians held of the origin, significance and use of wealth. Justo Gonzalez examines early Christian ideas, beliefs and teachings about the use of money, property, communal sharing and the rights and obligations of rich and poor. Setting the Christian community in the political, social and economic contexts of the times, Gonzalez highlights the ideas of such prominent writers as Cyprian, Ambrose, Augustine, John Chrysostom, and the Desert Fathers concerning wealth -- noting what traditional scholarship has overlooked. As the author points out, this book is not a social or economic history of Christianity during the first four centuries; it is a history of the views that Christians held on economic matters. This profound, enlightening and highly readable work of excellent scholarship is a major contribution to the study of the history of Christian thought. It clearly demonstrates that the issues of economics and social justice are central theological concerns, deeply rooted in Christian doctrine and Christian tradition.
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Meet the Author

Justo L Gonzalez

Justo L. Gonzalez (Ph.D., Yale University) author of the highly praised three-volume History of Christian Thought and other major works, Dr. Gonzlez taught at Candler School of Theology of Emory University in Georgia for eight years followed by eight years at United Seminary. He is the author of numerousbooks, including Essential Theological Terms and The Apostles' Creed for Today. He is also the editor of The Westminster Dictionary of Theologians.
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  • Catalogue Code 356909
  • Product Code 9781579109356
  • ISBN 1579109357
  • EAN 9781579109356
  • Pages 240
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication Date Apr 2002
  • Sales Rank #76213
  • Dimensions 239 x 160 x 14 mm
  • Weight 0.390kg

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