- Hardcover: 167 pages
- Publisher: Christian's Library Press (2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1880595702
- ISBN-13: 978-1880595701
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness Hardcover – 2010
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"With Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness Jordan J. Ballor gives us a much needed consideration of modern ecumenism. In particular he grapples with this daunting question: whether ecumenical bodies indeed speak for the church in their pronouncements on the hot-button social issues of the day. Wedding compassion with clear-headed thinking, Ballor questions whether ecumenical bodies may rightfully make such assertions on behalf of God's people, and - more to the point - whether ecumenism is getting its economics right."
Victor V. Claar, Ph.D., associate professor of economics at Henderson State University and coauthor of Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices.
Furthermore, is the ecumenical movement even approaching it's understanding of economics appropriately? Ballor addresses the imposition of economic ideologies in these confessions that follow Marxist, neo-Marxist or liberation theories of economics, blaming the West, along with free-market capitalist ideas, for the social ills of the world.Read more ›
Here's a start:
*Gigantic transnational corporations are out of control, exploiting their workers and rendering consumers and governments powerless to their manipulative forces.
*Venerable local cultures, along with their esteemed mom-and-pop shops, are under attack, besieged by an ever-homogenizing monster, eager to suck away their uniqueness and transplant it with Western saliva.
*Economic globalization -- the root of such evils -- is fattening the pockets of the rich, emptying the pockets of the poor, and threatening earth's most vital life support systems in the process.
On the whole, modern-day capitalism and free trade have resulted in rampant greed and moral depravity, leading society to sacrifice its most vulnerable members on an altar of economic neoliberalism.
Oh, and when I say that all of us can agree on this, I mean all of us Christians.
I wish I could say that the above rant was constructed from articles in the Daily Kos, The Huffington Post, or The New Republic. Unfortunately, it was compiled from ideas found in the recent proclamations of three major ecumenical organizations: the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC). (Yes, I did have a bit of fun with them.)
The problem, of course, is that all of us don't agree -- a point not lost on theologian Jordan Ballor, author of the new book, Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness.Read more ›