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Economic Parables: The Monetary Teachings of Jesus Christ Paperback – August 1, 2007

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  • Paperback: 219 pages
  • Publisher: Paternoster (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932805729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932805727
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,206,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Cowan is a pastor, speaker, writer and theologian. He previously worked as a journalist, editor and bank executive in Europe and North America for over twenty years, including the Financial Times, Euro money and the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. He has written for the Washington Times, Financial Times, The Times of London, The Middle East. He lives in Cluny, France, with his wife and two children.

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Dr David Cowan is currently Visiting Scholar at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College, and an advisor to Weber Shandwick, part of the global Communications agency IPG. Dr Cowan is also an author. Economic Parables IVP, USA), now in its second edition, and the forthcoming "Strategic Internal Communications" (Kogan Page, UK/USA) is being published end of June, 2014. He is currently writing a book on the Chicago economist Frank H. Knight.

He earned his PhD at the University of St Andrews for a thesis on Reinhold Niebuhr and American Foreign Policy, and holds a Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Oxford, and a Master from the University of St Andrews.

Dr Cowan undertakes various consulting, writing and research projects in internal communications and organizational change management. He previously worked in a corporate communications position at Director/CEO Adviser level, for the World Bank in Washington DC, Clearstream International and ArcelorMittal, where he developed an award-winning global internal magazine and integration/branding strategies. He previously worked as a journalist writing for the financial and business media, including the Financial Times, The Times, American Law Journal, Law section of The Times, The Middle East, Euromoney, Lafferty Group, Metal Bulletin and many others.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By U Mac on March 3, 2008
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One of the very few Lutherans who hail from Great Britain (he now lives in Cluny, France), Cowan dismissed as a "21st century indulgence" the habit of secular economic guilt. One example is the tendency for Hollywood stars to act as great humanitarians, wanting to be seen as caring for those at the bottom of the economic heap. They thus join many academic theologians in condemning the market economy as unjust.

Noting a critique developed by Zygmunt Bauman and Erich Fromm, Cowan described how consumerism is seen to create homo economicus (the human as consumer). In Fromm's view, modern consumers are alienated from ourselves, having falsely chosen to market ourselves as commodities. Cowan says that these and other critics of consumer economies make a false leap from the limitations and problems of consumer access to criticism of market economies, conflating an economic with a spiritual problem.

For Cowan, consumerism's excesses need not lead to a rejection of consumer economies, for, in fact, there are no successful alternatives to market economies. He joins economist William Easterly in his critique of the development industry which is so often hostile to market economics (see Easterly's 2006 book The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good). Cowan, who has worked for the World Bank, commented that first-class plane travel seemed de rigueur among World Bank employees claiming to help the poor.

Jesus, said Cowan, is more interested in the economy as a mirror of who we are. His concern is not with competition, but with the envy that it generates. "The market economy doesn't create greed; it reflects our greed," said Cowan.
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By Chris Marsolais on May 4, 2014
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I like how the author used parables to relate to modern fiscal habits, but this is pretty basic and information you can already have if you just read the Bible and study life.
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I truly enjoyed the sensitivity with which David Cowan wrote of Jesus's authoritative teachings in in Bible. I could see what I had known all along yet hadn't applied to my life yet. Now is the time to get my house in order financially in as far as no storing up treasures on earth. They are pricey and break in the long run.
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