This substantially revised edition of Schneider's earlier book Godly Materialism: Rethinking Money and Possessions is more scholarly and theological than the earlier title, but it retains the same thesis: there is a biblical precedent for the responsible ownership of wealth. He cautions, however, that "human history has never before known circumstances in which entire societies were affluent" and not just individuals, so such biblical support needs to be tempered with careful reflection about how Christians can seek God in a full-blown capitalist society. Schneider is unabashed in his admiration for capitalism, which he regards as uniquely suited to ensure that all of God's people enjoy prosperity. However, even readers who disagree with him on this point can learn much from his overall position, which lies between the "prosperity theologians," who believe that God blesses the faithful with material wealth, and the "radical Christians" (e.g., Tony Campolo and Ron Sider), who view individual wealth as almost entirely negative.
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I am reading these reviews in 2011, after the worldwide economic implosion, after we've learned just how much the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer in this... Read morePublished on November 10, 2011 by camelot
Diddn't like the book at all! Disagreed with the author, thought it had a very selfish, and haughty view of wealth and affluance.Published on January 11, 2011 by Ed D.
Initially I was looking forward to reading this book, I was hoping for something that was perhaps the opposite of the "God wants you to be rich" message. Read morePublished on April 8, 2010 by David Kenney
A very worthwhile an informative study on the theology of work and economics. Written fromm a Christian perspective, it debunks the common thought that believers should divest... Read morePublished on April 1, 2010 by Kindle Customer
This book is an apology for capitalism. Not an apology in Justin Martyr's sense of "a defense," but an apology as in "I'm sorry. Read morePublished on November 4, 2009 by Book Guy
ASIN:0802847994 The Good of Affluence: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth.
Every Christian and Phianthrophist ought to read this well reasoned book!