Neoliberalism and the Biblical Voice

Neoliberalism and the Biblical Voice : Owning and Consuming

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In this book, Paul Babie and Michael Trainor compare our contemporary preoccupation with ownership and consumption with the role of property and possessions in the biblical world, contending that Christian theology provides a valuable entry point to discussing the issue of private property-a neoliberal tool with the capacity to shape the world in which we live by exercising control over the planet's resources. Babie and Trainor draw on the Gospel According to Luke, arguing that this first century CE document offers a radical, challenging view of wealth and possessions that in the 21st century continues to be as relevant as ever. By placing the Gospel of Luke into conversation with contemporary views on private property and consumer culture, Babie and Trainor develop legal, philosophical and theological insights into how our desire for ethical living fares in the neoliberal more

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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 b/w images, 6 halftones and 10 line drawings
  • 1138902993
  • 9781138902992

About Paul Babie

Paul Babie is Associate Professor and Reader at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Michael Trainor Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Australian Catholic University, Adelaide andã Adjunct lecturer, Department of Theology, Flinders University, South more

Review quote

"Babie and Trainor bring together various fields-economics, politics, religion (biblical studies), law-to examine questions of ownership and consumption and the choices we make to use, consume, change, mold and shape the world in which we live. They challenge contemporary readers to move from a self-focus to consideration of the other for the good of all." -Warren Carter, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, USAshow more

Table of contents

Part I: The Context 1. The Global Twenty-First Century Context 2. The Mediterranean First Century Context Part II: The "Market-Place" 3. The Neo-Liberal Market-Place 4. The Biblical `Market Place' Part III: Property and Possessions 5. Property and Possessions Today 6. Property and Possessions in the Ancient World and in the Gospel of Luke Part IV: Insights for Ethical Living 7. Chapter Dialogueshow more