Tag: Economic

Seeking Europe’s shalom

Seeking Europe’s shalom

by Jeff Fountain When Judah was taken into exile to Babylon, God’s instruction to the Jews through Jeremiah was to seek the city’s shalom, or well-being and harmony. What then might God’s word to us be today as ‘exiles’ in what many see as a post-Christian, secularised Europe? Surely it is also to seek Europe’s […]

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Should Christians care for the environment?

Should Christians care for the environment?

When people talk about the environment and sustainability, they usually mean no more than climate change and the world’s use of fossil fuels. This four minute video asks what Christians should think.

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How to create a relational society: Foundations for a new social order by Michael Schluter

How to create a relational society: Foundations for a new social order by Michael Schluter

    Summary In an earlier Cambridge Paper (September 2006), a biblical ‘Charter for Humanity’ was proposed within a ‘relational framework’. This second paper seeks to answer the question, ‘How do we move towards relational well-being?’ The place where the Bible sets out the foundations required to create a society of right relationships in terms […]

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What charter for humanity? Defining the destination of ‘development’ by Michael Schluter

What charter for humanity? Defining the destination of ‘development’ by Michael Schluter

  Summary The word ‘development’ describes a journey of economic and social change, but is often implicitly taken to define the destination as well. Economic growth is generally regarded as the purpose as well as the means of this social change. However, the biblical emphasis is on the quality of social, political, and economic relationships, […]

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Asylum and immigration: a Christian perspective

Asylum and immigration: a Christian perspective

Nick Spencer, September 2004 The publication of Asylum and Immigration: a Christian perspective on a polarised debate by Nick Spencer (Paternoster, 2004) begins an exciting period for the Jubilee Centre, with three separate publications hitting bookshelves over the next eight months. None of them would have been possible without the generosity and commitment of supporters, […]

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Is economic globalization sustainable?

Is economic globalization sustainable?

Peter Heslam, June 2004 Globalization is the buzzword of the moment. But what does it mean? Opinions are sharply divided, but there is a general consensus that contemporary economic globalization means the increasing integration of national economies into a global market, made possible by the rise of communication and information technology, air travel, large multinational […]

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The Divine Economy by Paul Mills

The Divine Economy by Paul Mills

  Summary The basic economic problem is that the incentives needed to promote efficiency and growth also lead to inequality. Biblical law sets out an economic model that shares contemporary concerns for economic efficiency and fairness while avoiding the problems faced by the current Western model. In the process it achieves what economists have been […]

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Risk, Reward and Responsibility: Limited liability and company reform by Michael Schluter

Risk, Reward and Responsibility: Limited liability and company reform by Michael Schluter

    Summary Limited liability is contrary to biblical teaching because, exceptionally in the law of contract, it allows that certain debts may be left unpaid. As a result shareholders, who retain rights of ownership, are excused responsibilities of ownership, while directors bear some of the responsibilities of ownership, and share some of the rewards, […]

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Should Christians support the euro? by Paul Mills & Michael Schluter

Should Christians support the euro? by Paul Mills & Michael Schluter

  He is the king of the country whose coin is current in the country. – Talmud Europe will be created via a currency or not at all. – Jacques Rueff Summary On 1 January 1999, the ten currencies of the eleven countries entering Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) became denominations of the euro at […]

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Ethics in the Economy by Paul Mills

Ethics in the Economy by Paul Mills

  Greed is good…Greed is what made America great and greed will make America great again. These words, uttered by Gordon Gekko in the film ‘Wall Street’, epitomise in a blatant way the view that moral behaviour is unnecessary for economic prosperity. Competition and self-interest have yielded economic benefits in the past and will do […]

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