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Subverting Greed: Religious Perspectives on the Global Economy (Faith Meets Faith Series) [Paperback]

By Paul F. Knitter (Editor) & Chandra Muzaffar (Editor)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2002
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570754462  
EAN  9781570754463  

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Subverting Greed seeks to provide an ethical compass based on multi-religious insights that will stimulate dialogue, especially in classrooms. In these settings, it can act as a counterweight to traditional economic texts that are sometimes blind to the human dimension hidden beneath theories amd and formulas. At a time when religion, in its fanatically dangerous closed form has enabled acts of terrible destruction, interfaith partnerships among religious believers working for a better world are more important than ever. Chapters include: Religious conscience & Global Economy: An Eastern Perspectiveon Sociospiritual Activism by Swami Agnivesh Judaism & Economic Reform by Norman Solomon God's Household: Christianity, Economics and Planetary Living. By Sally McFogue Globalization & Greed: A Muslim Perspective by Ameer Ali

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In the preface to Subverting Greed, Daisaku Ikeda says. "In our world today, as the powerful forces of the global economy daily exacerbate the crises of global injustice and poverty, all individuals, communities, and corporations are called upon with increasing insistence to rise above the cold logic of the market to demonstrate new models of creative coexistence." This books is an attempt by scholars from seven religious traditions to do just this. Ifi Amadiume does so from an African Igbo perspective, Swami Agnivesh from a Hindu, David Loy from a Buddhist, Zhou Qin from a Confucianist, Norman Solomon from a Jewish, Sallie McFague from a Christian, and Ameer All from a Muslim perspective. Paul F. Knitter introduces the book and provides a Christian perspective on these matters, and Chandra Muzaffar offers concluding reflections.

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One approach to justice for all.  Mar 19, 2003
The writers of this collection of essays may represent different religions, but they represent one thought: globalization is bad. Their idea is not so much to subvert greed but to subvert capitalism, which they would see as being the same thing. This is less about personal responsibility than corporate greed. On the surface, while the essayists may be coming from various points of view, in fact, they have one. Far from promoting diversity and having a dialogue, this book does the opposite. It tells but one story, and one side of that story. It says that capitalism causes poverty, and that something else must take its place. All right. So, what is it? And how will it work?

In the last 200 years, many religious groups have tried to start their own economic societies, usually based on some kind of communalism. And most of these have disappeared. The grand experiment of the Soviet Union and other forms of forced communalism also collapsed from their own weaknesses and failings.

What these writers offer is the usual Ivory Tower approach, somehow trying to persuade or even force the rest of us into their way of thinking and living. All without a lot of details of how this would work out for Joe and Jane Lunchbucket in Peoria.

As I noted, this is less about individual greed and more about the effect, real and perceived of large international companies. I offer three reasons that the writers shy away from individual accountability. First, if ordinary people really read this kind of stuff, they might begin to feel threatened, and they might get politically involved and start to speak up for themselves. The Ivory Towerists loathe that. They want a world run by "experts" like themselves. Second, someone might ask about individual and local responsibility in poor countries. As in, what are they doing about it, besides waiting for the next handout, or the next bit of graft? Then, finally, they're great with the ideas, but poor in the execution. Either they haven't thought that far, cannot see that far, or don't want to let us, the unwashed, in on their Grand Plans.

This is a must read for those who look around and see world poverty and ask what we could do about it. This book is important because it represents a very powerful idea that is widely popular among academics and "anti-poverty" activists. We need to know what everyone is thinking in this area, and not just read stuff that we agree with.


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