A Critical Survey of the Cultural and Religious Dimensions of Economies. Christian mission in the twenty-first century has emphasized endeavors that address poverty alleviation, business as mission, marketplace ministry, rural/urban development, microeconomics, and Christian attitudes toward money and consumerism. However, neither the macroeconomic circumstances in which the church does such ministry nor the assumptions that believers have absorbed from the larger economy have been adequately explored.
Christian Mission & Economic Systems gathers scholars, experts, and practitioners to address the relationship of Christians to the economic systems in which they are embedded and do ministry, and to evaluate the different cultural and religious dimensions of both micro- and macroeconomic systems around the world from a kingdom perspective.
Practitioners doing business as mission will grow in their understanding of the significance of local economic practices. Students and academics will benefit from the critical assessment of the intersection between micro- and macroeconomic systems in the contexts of specific ethnographic circumstances. Missionaries and churches will glean new insights on the difference that being a Christian makes to economic life. NGOs, nonprofits, or other Christian organizations doing work related to markets will benefit from a challenge to their previous understandings. Since work for the kingdom always takes place in some kind of an economic environment, this book will equip Christians in a variety of capacities to be more effective in their ministries.
Introduction: Christian Mission and Economic Realities by Robert J. Priest
1 Exchange, Relationships, and Reciprocity: Living as a Christian in a Capitalist World by Eloise Meneses
2 Cultural Dimensions of Financial Accounting Systems: A Biblical Perspective and an Approach for Partnerships in Missions by Mary Lederleitner
3 Islamic Banking and Economics: A Mirror for Christian Practices in Mission in Muslim Contexts by John Cheong
4 Christian Mission amidst the Cultural and Socioeconomic Dynamics of Bribery and Extortion Practices in the Philippines by Jason Richard Tan
5 Symbols of the Weak, Symbols of the Gospel: The Upside-down Gospel in Relation to Patronage Systems in West Java, Indonesia by Lindy Backues
6 Western Missionâ€“established Churches and Ministry in Maliâ€™s Collectivist Economy by Douglas Wilson
7 Subsistent and Substantive Communities under Attack: The Case of Zowe in Northern Malawi by Mike Njalayawo Mtika
8 Flying Blind? Christian NGOs and Political Economy by David Bronkema
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