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By Daniel M. Jr. Bell, James Smith

During this addition to the award-winning Church and Postmodern tradition sequence, revered theologian Daniel Bell compares and contrasts capitalism and Christianity, exhibiting how Christianity offers assets for faithfully navigating the postmodern international economy.

Bell ways capitalism and Christianity as replacement visions of humanity, God, and the great existence. contemplating religion and economics when it comes to how wish is formed, he casts the clash as one among assorted disciplines of wish. He engages the paintings of 2 very important postmodern philosophers, Deleuze and Foucault, to light up the character of the postmodern international that the church at the moment inhabits. Bell then considers how the worldwide economic system deforms wish in a fashion that distorts human family with God and each other. against this, he provides Christianity and the culture of the works of mercy as a manner past capitalism and socialism, past philanthropy and welfare. Christianity heals wish, renewing human kinfolk and allowing communion with God.

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Such is the expectation not because God is a fastidious nag but because the material arrangements of our households—and incidentally, the original meaning of the word “economy” is the law or order of the household—matter. The material ordering of even the mundane tasks of our daily lives both reflects and shapes the desires of our hearts. This, however, is only part of the story. If economy matters with regard to our loving God, then economy matters because if we love God, we will love our neighbors (1 John 4:20–21).

Such is the expectation not because God is a fastidious nag but because the material arrangements of our households—and incidentally, the original meaning of the word “economy” is the law or order of the household—matter. The material ordering of even the mundane tasks of our daily lives both reflects and shapes the desires of our hearts. This, however, is only part of the story. If economy matters with regard to our loving God, then economy matters because if we love God, we will love our neighbors (1 John 4:20–21).

Diaspora Economics One might assume that opposing capitalism and escapism requires setting forth a blueprint for an alternative global economic order. While there is much in these pages that suggests the nature, dispositions, and practices that mark a faithful alternative to capitalism, the purpose and point is not to present a blueprint. Indeed, I suspect that there is not one single order but many forms of economic life that can aid desire in attaining its true end and rest. Thus, rather than articulating a single alternative, the purpose is to provoke further reflection on the difference Christ makes to the economic life of those called as disciples of Christ.

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