Tag: Wealth

Is Fairtrade just feel-good-trade?

Is Fairtrade just feel-good-trade?

by John Hayward Next Monday begins Fairtrade Fortnight, the Fairtrade Foundation’s annual attempt to promote their scheme. Twenty years since the first Fairtrade consumer guarantee label was launched – on Mexican coffee in the Netherlands – UK consumers spent £450m on fair trade goods last year, almost half of the worldwide total of £1.1 billion, […]

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Where is your treasure?

Where is your treasure?

Nick Spencer, September 2003 Our society has an odd relationship with money. We like to denounce our 24/7 retail culture, and yet still shop ‘out of hours’ in our millions. We lament the estimated £800 billion consumer debt we have accrued, but wait nervously for the next consumer spending figures. We are torn between wanting […]

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The Measure of all things? by Nick Spencer

The Measure of all things? by Nick Spencer

Our attitudes and behaviour, our virtual and physical public space, our politics, our principles, even our relationships are powerfully shaped by monetary considerations and suffer in consequence. The Measure of All Things? A Biblical Perspective on Money and Value in Britain Today examines how money had become the only widely accepted yardstick for value in […]

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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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Christianity and financial security: faith verus prudence by Paul Mills

Christianity and financial security: faith verus prudence by Paul Mills

  Summary This essay is the first of two concerned with financial management from a Christian perspective. It confronts the tension in biblical teaching enjoining the exercise of personal faith and prudence with respect to wealth. It then addresses some of the practical issues involved in determining the appropriate level of savings and insurance. The […]

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Word on wealth by Christopher Townsend

Word on wealth by Christopher Townsend

  Living in a materialistic age poses numerous challenges for Christians. Not only is there the challenge to our purse, but the challenge of apparent conflicts which often lie unresolved. How do we balance prudence with generosity? How do we know if wealth is a blessing to be enjoyed or an idol to be avoided? […]

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