The Fear of Beggars: Stewardship and Poverty in Christian Ethics

The Fear of Beggars: Stewardship and Poverty in Christian Ethics

by Kelly Johnson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802803784

ISBN-13: 9780802803788

Pub. Date: 07/28/2007

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

Why, asks Kelly Johnson, does Christian ethics so rarely tackle the real-life question of whether to give to beggars? Examining both classical economics and Christian stewardship ethics as reactions to medieval debates about the role of mendicants in the church and in wider society, Johnson reveals modern anxiety about dependence and humility as well as the

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Why, asks Kelly Johnson, does Christian ethics so rarely tackle the real-life question of whether to give to beggars? Examining both classical economics and Christian stewardship ethics as reactions to medieval debates about the role of mendicants in the church and in wider society, Johnson reveals modern anxiety about dependence and humility as well as the importance of Christian attempts to rethink property relations in ways that integrate those qualities. She studies the rhetoric and thought of Christian thinkers, beggar saints, and economists from throughout history, placing greatest emphasis on the life and work of Peter Maurin, a cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement. Challenging and thought-provoking, The Fear of Beggars will move Christian economic ethics into a richer, more involved discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802803788
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Series:
The Eerdmans Ekklesia Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
759,529
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

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