The Good of Affluence: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth

The Good of Affluence: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth

by John R. Schneider
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802833632

ISBN-13: 9780802833631

Pub. Date: 07/28/2002

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

wealth incompatible with true Christianity? In The Good of Affluence John R. Schneider reopens the debate over the proper Christian attitude toward money, arguing, ultimately, that Scripture does indeed provide support for the responsible possession of wealth. This is a provocative book of Christian theology, written to help people seeking God in a culture that has

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wealth incompatible with true Christianity? In The Good of Affluence John R. Schneider reopens the debate over the proper Christian attitude toward money, arguing, ultimately, that Scripture does indeed provide support for the responsible possession of wealth. This is a provocative book of Christian theology, written to help people seeking God in a culture that has grown from modern capitalism. By comparing classic Christian teaching on wealth with the realities of our modern economic world, Schneider challenges the common presumption that material affluence is inherently bad. Careful interpretation of Scripture narratives -- creation, exodus, exile, and more -- also shows that abundance is the condition that God envisions for all human beings and that faithful persons of wealth are part of this plan.
Schneider believes that the "wealth-as-blessing" themes of the Old Testament are not to be spiritualized and do not run contrary to New Testament teachings but provide exactly the frame of reference for the incarnate identity, life, and teaching of Jesus, who came to make real the messianic feast, both in this age and in the age to come. Through insightful engagement with the biblical text Schneider overturns some of the most cherished and unquestioned assumptions of influential Christian writers (particularly Ronald Sider) on modern capitalist affluence. Yet Schneider's message is also finely balanced with the need for responsible Christian living. He offers rich Christians biblical affirmation but also challenges them to a life shaped by an uncommon sense of stewardship and compassion. Incisive, thought provoking, and biblically grounded, The Good of Affluence is a superb resource for anyone -- students, professors, businesspeople, general readers, discussion groups -- wishing to grapple seriously with the subject of faith and wealth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802833631
Publisher:
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
836,039
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth1
1.The "New" Culture of Capitalism13
2.Genesis: The Cosmic Vision of Delight41
3.The Exodus: Land of Liberation and Delight65
4.The Prophets and Wisdom: Economic Life Is Eternal Life90
5.The Incarnation and Economic Identity116
6.The Radical Jesus as the Lord of Delight139
7.Parables of Affluence167
8.Narratives of Wealth in the Early Church193
Epilogue: Being Affluent in a World of Poverty211
Bibliography221
Index of Names228
Index of Scripture References231

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