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Economic Compulsion and Christian Ethics - New Studies in Christian Ethics 24 (Hardback)
  • Economic Compulsion and Christian Ethics - New Studies in Christian Ethics 24 (Hardback)
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Economic Compulsion and Christian Ethics - New Studies in Christian Ethics 24 (Hardback)

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Hardback 268 Pages / Published: 08/09/2005
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Markets can often be harsh in compelling people to make unpalatable economic choices any reasonable person would not take under normal conditions. Thus, workers laid off in mid-career accept lower-paid jobs that are beneath their professional experience for want of better alternatives. Economic migrants leave their families and cross borders (legally or illegally) in search of a livelihood. These are examples of economic compulsion. These economic ripple effects have been virtually ignored in ethical discourse because they are generally accepted to be the very mechanisms that generate the market's much-touted allocative efficiency. Albino Barrera argues that Christian thought on economic security offers an effective framework within which to address the consequences of economic compulsion.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521853415
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 570 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm


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'... this is an important book on a very timely subject ... it is the engagement with the world outside religion which gives the book real credibility.' Church Times
'... an impressive addition to this series ... This book sets a high standard for those working on the interface of theology and economics.' Journal of Theological Studies
'This is a very detailed and technically demanding analysis of the arguments surrounding the concept 'economic compulsion'. ... a tightly argued piece of work that depends on knowledge of moral philosophy, economics, scripture and contemporary discussion of human rights. Work of this intellectual rigour makes much writing on social ethics look ... amateurish ... This book makes a powerful case for the duty of Christians to respond to the continuing imperative of being the agents of divine providence in economic insecurity. It also is a good example of how moral theology can be informed by a cosmology that allows human beings freedom of action as the means by which their moral formation is secured.' Ecclesiology
'This volume is an extremely important one - one of the very best on Christian economic ethics.' Journal of Markets & Morality
'... this book ... is well worth the effort, deeply instructive as it is about matters with which we should all be concerned ...' Heythrop Journal

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