A Buddhist-Christian Critique of Neo-Liberal Economics

Article by John B. Cobb, Jr.

I. Introduction I have focused this discussion on neo-liberal economics because this is now the dominant form. It is dominant in universities in the United States, and it exercises a dominant influence on the institutions that support the global economy. This includes the government of the United States and the Bretton Woods Institutions — The …

A Sustainable Society

Article by John B. Cobb, Jr.

I. There is a tension between short-term goals and long-term goals. This tension is felt particularly by youth. There is great pressure toward gaining the approval of those of one’s own age, and this often means acting in ways that will not support future success. Parents and teachers, on the other hand, emphasize the importance …

Africa and Globalisation for the Common Good: The Quest for Justice and Peace

Article by An International Conf. on Globalisation for the Common Good

NOTE: The International Conference on Globalisation for the Common Good and the Quest for Justice and Peace in Africa, held in Kericho, Kenya, April 21 – 24, 2005,was attended by many speakers representing governments, religions. business, academia, civil society, charity, the voluntary sector, media and young people. The Conference issued the following declaration and invited …

Apology For The Hireling: A Work Ethic For the Global Marketplace

Article by Dennis P. McCann

On Good Shepherd Sunday, which points our attention to John 10, my attention is usually focused on the Shepherd himself, occasionally and less piously so on the sheep and their implications for a theology of the laity. Recently, however, I was forced to consider the hireling who, when he sees the wolf coming, abandons the …

Bringing Economics and Theology Together Again

Article by Marcus Braybrooke

The basic agreement of all religions about core moral values is increasingly being recognized by religious leaders. It is urgent that these values are now translated into practical policies that will reduce the economic inequalities in our world, bring relief to the very poor, protect the environment and reduce the dangers of violence and terrorism. …

Can “Sustainability” Be Sustained?

Article by Max L. Stackhouse

A Review Essay of John B. Cobb, Jr., Sustainability: Economics, Ecology and Justice (Maryknowl: Orbis Books, 1992). There is little doubt about it: ecological/environmental awareness is one the three great entrees into cross-cultural thinking today. Along with human rights and the emergence of a pervasive matrix of global economic interdependence, the issue of the future …

Christian Faith and Economic Practice

Article by Roger Shinn

In 1984 James Gustafson, in his eminent Ethics from a Theocentric Perspective, jolted religious professionals with a blast against “ecclesiastical moralizing” and “intellectual flabbiness”: in church “pronouncements.” The usually gentle Gustafson accused churches of failure to recognize the complexities of social issues, neglect of “sound theological and ethical arguments” and dogmatic refusal to recognize “the …

Combating Modern-day Feudalism: Land as God’s Gift

Article by Walter Rybeck and Ronald Pasquariello

Calling for "a modern equivalent of Jubilee," signers of a proposal fundamentally to revise the property tax structure petitioned the endorsement of the 1984 General Conference of the United Methodist Church. The proposal, which the conference did endorse, sought to shift taxes from labor to land values. Combining good biblical theology with public policy insight, …