Desire, Market And Religion

Desire, Market And Religion

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Jung Mo Sung has pioneered a theological analysis of economics in his previous publications, developing a penetrating ethico-religious critique of the international capitalist systems, whose institutions he likens to altars. Where ancient idolatry had visible altars, the modern altar of the 'global market god', is invisible, but still demands human sacrifices in the name of 'objective' desires. Here Sung recovers theology's relevance for a world where the most dangerous idols—those that sacrifice millions of people upon the altar of wealth—have for too long been ignored by theology. Desire, Market, Religion, Sung investigates themes such as the struggle against social exclusion, the relationship between economics and religion in the 21 century, where global brands and global economies reigns supreme, and theology's role in the struggle against social exclusion and the giving of hope for plenty, when the reality is scarcity.

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ISBN-13: 9780334041412
Publisher: Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Publication date: 07/07/2011
Series: Reclaiming Liberation Theology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Series Editors' Preface     ix
Introduction to the Author, Jung Mo Sung     xi
Introduction     1
Theology and Economics: An Introductory Vision     6
Mimetic Desire, Social Exclusion and Christianity     30
The Contribution of Theology in the Struggle against Social Exclusion     51
Economics and Religion: Challenges for Christianity in the Twenty-first Century     76
Liberation Theology between the Desire for Abundance and the Reality of Scarcity     100
Liberation Christianity: A Failed Utopia?     129
Index of Names and Subjects     155

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