WG 5: The imperatives in scripture and theology for this new kind of economics, and their implications for the Churches’ mission.

Author: poppy | Date: 14 September, 2013 | Category: Economics | Comments: 0

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WG 5: The imperatives in scripture and theology for this new kind of economics, and their implications for the Churches’ mission.
 
Storkey (2009) traces how the dominant modern economic paradigm has moved away from a ‘recognition of working with God’s creation, of economic life that was not money-centred, of work as service and of markets as communities of shared norms, honouring workers, reflecting quality and knowing the boundaries of market activity’ (p3) and elaborates on the biblical worldview that ‘puts economics in its limited place’ (p4)
Both Skidelsky & Skidelsky (2012) and Sandel (2012) ask questions about the philosophy underlying free-market economics. They make the case for ‘rolling back the frontiers of the market’ as it were. They assert that the state (and other major institutions such as the church, which the Skidelsky’s see as quite important) have a role in promoting the good life or the common good, and challenging the norm that all viewpoints and lifestyles are equally good.

The literature extracts cited above are just meant to help define the initial agenda’s for the different working groups, and to be starting points for further exploration of research and ideas. See References for Joy in Enough Working Groups. WG members will come up with different and better sources over time. Note that the different groups may operate at the different levels of society – political, parochial, personal. The first two will be more concerned with the national and international political levels, the next three may cross all three levels.

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