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Institute for Spirituality and Global Economics (SAGE)
ECONOMICS BOOK NOTES
Collins, Chuck and Mary Wright. The Moral Measure of the Economy. – “Christian faith (and the other great religious traditions) teaches that “human life is made sacred by its transcendent worth...thus all humans must be respected with reverence...In our inter-actions with others, we should approach one another with ‘a sense of awe that arises in the presence of something holy and sacred’...The dignity and sacredness of the human person is the yardstick against which all aspects of economic life must be measured.”
Galbraith, John Kenneth Excerpt from The Economics of Innocent Fraud. His book is an excellent short, very readable series of essays on the major economic myths of our day. He thinks that war "remains the decisive human failure". He notes that the concept of public and private sectors in largely a myth because of the pervasive power of private interests. His writing is informed by his many years of teaching economics and service in the federal government.
Gallagher, Vincent A. The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization. -- Any one who wishes to share God’s concern for the poor and oppressed must develop an understanding of today’s global economic system. This book, in clear, simple language, can provide that understanding. Gallagher makes clear that the high cost of the low prices we enjoy is due to the injustice built into the global economic system. (This review will be in next issue of En Christo)
American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of
Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century
-- Writing about the political
picture which emerged in 2006, Phillips summed it up this way: “Difficult
politics thus lies ahead. Unfortunately, the history of past leading world
economic powers is that they have not been able to throw up the sort of
leadership needed to reverse the tides involved. In consequence, the
nations in the process of being dethroned as the world’s economic leader have
faced a difficult period of twenty to forty years, at very least, in making the
transition from yesterday’s hegemony to a lesser but eventually comfortable role
in a differently shaped world.” Whether the United States and its people
are willing to accept an “eventually comfortable” role in this future world
remains to be seen.
GLOBAL ECONOMICS ARTICLES
Lackey, John. "Global Economics from a Christian Perspective, #1: Oikonomia" in EC, Vol. 1, #2
Lackey, John. "Global Economics from a Christian Perspective, #2: Compassionate Leadership” in EC, Vol. 1, #3
Lackey, John. "Global Economics from a Christian Perspective, #3: Greed” in EC, Vol. 1, #4
Mennonite Central Committee. "Biblical Values and Principles for Global Economic Policies"
Rundle, Bob "Thoughts on Creating Peace"
Rundle, Bob "Thoughts on Reducing World Poverty" Rewritten from EC, Vol. 2, #1
Beginnings of SAGE (Institute for Spirituality and Global Economics} "
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