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Sat 18 Feb 2017 @ 10:00
Filling the chaplaincy gap - Jeremy Clines @latequartet reviews Victoria Slater's new book @ChurchTimes… https://t.co/OJY7DtoudB
Author(s): Justin Thacker
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While a number of secular philosophers have written on global poverty, theologians have either steered clear entirely or simply mimicked the political analysis currently on offer. As such, there are a number of Christian authors who have argued either for a free market solution to global poverty or for a radical reform of global capitalism as the best approach, but the theological underpinnings of such conclusions are noticeable by their absence.
Global Poverty offers a new way forward. Justin Thacker offers deeply theological answers to questions around the effect of capitalism on global poverty and whether aid is really a sustainable long term solution for the world's poor.
The book will challenge theologians, church leaders and congregations to consider much more seriously the huge implications of faith and theology on our attitude to the 1.2 billion people in the world who live in extreme poverty.
Justin Thacker is a lecturer in practical and public theology at Cliff College. He is the author of Postmodernism and the Ethics of Theological Knowledge (2007) and co-editor of "Micah's Challenge: The Church's Responsibility to the Global Poor" (2008). He has spoken regularly at some of the UK's major Christian conferences, including Spring Harvest and has written for the Guardian newspaper and Third Way.
'At last - a thorough, graceful, nuanced and compelling theological engagement with capitalism and development. Avoiding easy stereotypes, false certainties, and cheap point-scoring, Thacker's book looks at global poverty through the lenses of Creation, Fall, Israel, Redemption and Consummation, to produce what he terms a 'symphonic account' of the theology of poverty. While Christians all over the world have intuitively been responding to poverty in many of the ways Thacker suggests, now we will be able to do so with renewed focus and strength, armed with this robust primer on why it is a theological imperative that we do so with urgency.' -- Eve Poole, Author, 'Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions'
'Dr Justin Thacker has produced a resolutely theological, rather than pragmatic, analysis of global poverty. Justin's writing is steeped in theological and biblical study, but he is also at home in the currents of contemporary political and economic discussion, and the interaction between these things means the book is also full of practical insights as to what we can - and should - do.' -- Sean Doherty, St Mellitus College, London