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Less Than Two Dollars a Day: A Christian View of World Poverty and the Free Market [Paperback]

By Kent A. Van Til (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2007
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN  080281767X  
EAN  9780802817679  


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Christian tradition demands basic sustenance for all as a human right. Yet contemporary capitalist economy makes no such demands, and the free market is not designed to provide basic sustenance. As Western Christians, how ought we to solve this conundrum? Kent Van Til maintains that the gulf between the two creates a need for an alternative system of distributive justice. Van Til looks at the realities of life in a free market system, including illuminating examples from his own experience in Latin America. He considers how contemporary capitalist economy has become the process that guides the distribution of goods around the world, and he examines the incapability of such a system to meet basic human needs in either ethics or economics. Once he exposes the problem, Van Til has no qualms about offering a solution. Drawing heavily on the ideas of political theorist Michael Walzer and nineteenth-century theologian and statesman Abraham Kuyper, he proposes an alternative system of distributive justice, equalizing the claims to both burdens and benefits. Bridging biblical theology, political theory, economic history, and social theology, Less Than Two Dollars a Day issues a wake-up call to all who profess to "love their neighbor as themselves."

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Christian tradition demands basic sustenance for all as a human right. Yet the contemporary capitalist economy makes no such demands, and the free market is not designed to provide basic human sustenance. As Western Christians, how ought we to solve this conundrum? Kent Van Til maintains that the gulf between the two calls for an alternative system of distribution. In this constructively critical work Van Til takes a hard look at the realities of life in a free-market system, including illuminating examples from his own experience in Latin America. He considers how the contemporary capitalist economy guides the distribution of goods around the world, and he examines the inadequacies of this system. Drawing heavily on the ideas of political theorist Michael Walzer and nineteenth-century theologian-statesman Abraham Kuyper, Van Til proposes an alternative system of distributive justice, equalizing the claims to both burdens and benefits.

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Thoughtful analysis of free market economies and poverty  Mar 26, 2007
As a former missionary to Costa Rica and current professor of Religion at Hope College, Van Til brings both personal experience and solid ethical scholarship into this fascinating review. His explanation of the development and nuances of free market economics is clear and well illustrated, and offers six profound reasons why poverty does not automatically disappear in these societies (worth the price of the book alone).

"What the Bible Says about Poverty" is short and basic, as is Van Til's review of church history on wealth and poverty. He affirms a Kuyperian/Dooyeweerdian "sphere sovereignty" approach to social development in which government promotes social justice. Van Til sees free market economies as generally beneficial, but calls for morally invested care that redistributes perhaps $100-200 a year from haves to assist have-nots.

Putting his money where his heart is, all profits from the sale of this book will go toward poverty relief and community development.
 

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