He Became Poor: The Poverty of Christ and Aquinas's Economic Teachings

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Overview

The only comprehensive theological treatment of Aquinas and economic theory. / Drawing on the views of Thomas Aquinas, this book challenges the modern economic tendency toward the "proprietary self" and calls for a renewed and timely appreciation of the virtues of trusting receptivity and humble awareness of our membership in a larger order. Christopher Franks reveals how the summons to become poor bestows a new intelligibility on formerly obscure economic teachings. In the course of his discussion Franks juxtaposes Aquinas with Aristotle, John Locke, and Alasdair MacIntyre. / He Became Poor not only makes a provocative case for taking Aquinas's thoughts on economics more seriously, but also illustrates how the very market conditions of the modern world cloud any attempt to fully understand Aquinas. Franks proffers a convincing argument that questioning market-formed assumptions can actually help us recover the evangelical character of Aquinas's ethics. / Drawing deeply on the views of Thomas Aquinas, He Became Poor challenges the modern economic tendency toward the “proprietary self” and calls for a renewed appreciation of the virtues of trusting receptivity and humble awareness of our membership in a larger benevolent order. Christopher Franks reveals how the summons to become poor bestows a new intelligibility on formerly obscure economic teachings. In the course of his discussion Franks juxtaposes Aquinas with Aristotle, John Locke, and Alasdair MacIntyre. / This book makes a provocative case for taking Aquinas's thoughts on economics more seriously and illustrates how the very market conditions of the modern world cloud any attempt to fully understand Aquinas. Franks offers a convincing argument that questioning market-formed assumptions can actually help us recover the evangelical character of Aquinas's ethics. / “With a style as lucid as it is engaging, Christopher Franks probes by way of an astute interpretation of Aquinas's economic teachings an old revolutionary proposal — Christian poverty. This Christ-configured 'economics' is surpassingly relevant as global capitalism is faced with a cataclysmic collapse. The greatest praise I can give this book is that its author has learned much from Dominicans past and present — not least from Thomas Aquinas — so much indeed that He Became Poor is suffused with the true spirit of Dominican poverty. We have much to learn from this important work.”— Reinhard H�tter / Duke Divinity School
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802837486
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher A. Franks is assistant professor of religion at High Point University, High Point, North Carolina. He is the author of several articles in Journal of Religion and Modern Theology; this is his first book.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Abbreviations viii

Introduction: Mendicancy as a Key to Thomas's Economic Teaching 1

1 Aristotelian Deference and Nonmarket Society 35

2 Usury, Just Price, and Natural Order 67

3 Ontological Poverty and the Priority of the Counsels 105

4 Mendicant Poverty and Following Christ 132

5 Christ's Poverty and the Completion of Nature 158

Conclusion: Humble Vulnerability and Market Society 182

Bibliography 192

Index 203

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