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RICH CHRSTN IN AGE HUNGER Paperback – November 23, 2010
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Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger is written for our times, when every day more than 34,000 children die of starvation and preventable diseases, and 1. 3 billion human beings live in relentless, unrelieved poverty worldwide. Why is there still so much poverty in the world? Conservatives blame sinful individual choices and laziness. Liberals condemn economic and social structures. Who is right? Who is wrong? Both, according to Ronald Sider in this newly revised, expanded and updated edition of Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger. Sider explains that poverty is the result of complex causes, and then he presents practical, workable proposes for change, proposals that should be taken up by every man and every woman who seeks to deserve the title "Christian" and to apply and to follow the teaches of Jesus of Nazareth in the modern world. -- Midwest Book Review --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Ronald J. Sider, Ph.D., is a professor of theology at Eastern Seminary. He serves as president of Evangelicals for Social Action, and has published more than twenty books.
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When it comes to application Sider is a little less careful. He makes some big assumptions, such as the 'problem' of population growth. In addressing trade barriers, one of his major bugbears, he fails to address the important issues of national food or commodity security. If we implemented his suggestions, we would probably see a huge decline in farming in the Western world, which of course would put us in a very precarious position once the developing nations become developed and we have forgotten how to farm.
Nevertheless, on an individual level, Sider does a good job of critiquing Christian nonchalance towards the global poor, and suggests many good and challenging ways in which we can adopt a simpler lifestyle in order to give a greater witness to our neighbours.