The Problem of Wealth

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ONE OF THE 50 BEST SPIRITUAL BOOKS OF 2018—Spirituality and Practice

What if we reconsidered our views on poverty and perceived it as a problem with the way we live with wealth? Approaching the issue from a theo­logical rather than a market-driven perspective invites an alternative social logic, informed by a much richer picture of human beings and our limits as we live in symbiotic relationship with the larger delicate web of life.

In The Problem of Wealth, Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty reframes the current discussion of wealth inequalities, poverty, and the exploi­tation of our natural environment from a progressive Christian perspective. She under­scores the need for social change advocates to emerge out of every context, including the middle class, and presents alternate visions for what it means to live by “an ethic of enough.”

Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty is professor and chair of the department of theology at Bellar­mine University, Louisville. She is the author of Beyond the Social Maze (Bloomsbury T&T Clark), and Dorothy Day for Armchair Theologians (Westminster John Knox). A 2010 Fulbright Scholar, she has also served as a research consul­tant for the World Council of Churches’ hearings on Poverty, Wealth, and Ecology, and received Bellarmine’s Wilson Wyatt Faculty Fellowship for excellence in teaching and scholarship.

Book Details

The Problem of Wealth
A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence
Elizabeth L. Hinson-Hasty

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A marvelous book.... This book offers excellent instruction and inspiration for those who want to live faithfully in a world that seems unable to think outside of the neo-liberal paradigm.
"These ideas and sources are intended to help readers to make a more effective case for change, and sets of questions for reflection and discussion by church groups are provided (as well as plenty of further reading)."
A radical vision—morally as well as politically—that calls on the best in the Christian tradition to challenge the idolatries of wealth and privilege
Hinson-Hasty joins a budding conversation on the topic of growing inequality and broadens it by making imaginative use of the resources of ethics and theology. Her creative solutions offer inspiration to members of the middle class who are beginning to take a stand in the tension between the burdened majority of humanity and the privileged few.
Combining astute analyses of economics with the moral imagination of theology, this powerful book should be discussed in classrooms, church groups, NGOs, and adult forums across the United States and beyond.
This important book comes at a time when values of economic justice and care for the vulnerable are being replaced with greed through transferal of resources from the poor to the very rich. It will serve as an indispensable resource to all scholars and a tool of resistance for practitioners working for economic justice.
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