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Inequality and Christian Ethics

Inequality and Christian Ethics


Part of New Studies in Christian Ethics

  • Date Published: October 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521787543

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  • Inequality and Christian Ethics, first published in 2000, provides a moral and empirical analysis of contemporary social and economic inequality. Drawing on Christian social ethics, political philosophy, and development economics, the book seeks to create an interdisciplinary conversation that illuminates not only the contemporary realities and trends of inequality, but their moral significance as well. It is necessary to examine and understand inequality in various forms - which the book maps out - including disparity in income, education, and health as well as differentials based on race, ethnicity, gender, and nationality. The book draws in particular on the theological ethics of Gustavo Gutiérrez and H. Richard Niebuhr to provide a Christian ethical approach to inequality and well-being. It considers the 'capability approach' set forth by Amartya Sen, Nobel laureate in economics. Sen's framework helps Christians and other persons to add specificity to what the commitment to 'equality before God' would demand in social and economic relations.

    • Engages economists and policymakers as directly as any current work in Christian ethics
    • Offers a fresh moral perspective for Christians and other citizens on one of the most troubling issues of our time
    • Introduces the work of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen into Christian ethics
    • Sharpens and applies liberation theology in an innovative way in a post-1989 world that has few careful critiques of globalization's (capitalism's) impacts
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    'Douglas Hicks tackles economic problems as well as theological ones. This is a hard combination, and he draws both on sophisticated economic arguments about the nature of social organisation and on the implications of modern as well as traditional Christian ethics for how society should be organised and for the division between individual and social responsibilities. The result is an impressive study which will attract the attention of economists in addition to that of theologians interested in social problems.' Amartya Sen, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Nobel Prize Winner (Economics)

    '… wide-ranging and carefully argued … This book makes a valuable contribution to the debate.' The Heythrop Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521787543
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Contextualizing Inequality:
    1. Introduction: inequality matters
    2. Inequality of what?: interdisciplinary perspectives
    3. International contexts of inequality
    4. Inequalities in the United States
    Part II. Constructing a Christian Ethical Approach:
    5. Christian ethics and theology in a pluralistic society
    6. Equality before God and the thought of H. Richard Niebuhr
    7. Equality before God and the thought of Gustavo Gutiérrez
    8. Solidarity, selfhood, and social goods
    Part III. Transforming Discourse, Persons, and Societies:
    9. Expanding public discourse on inequality
    10. An application: inequalities and human development
    11. Conclusion: implications for inequality and Christian ethics.

  • Author

    Douglas A. Hicks, University of Richmond, Virginia

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