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The Good of Affluence: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth [Paperback]

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Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2009
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802833632  
EAN  9780802833631  


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How should Christians live in a material world? Should personal guilt accompany financial success? Is wealth incompatible with true Christianity? In The Good of Affluence John R. Schneider reopens the debate over the proper Christian attitude toward money, arguing, ultimately, that Scripture does indeed provide support for the responsible possession of wealth. This is a provocative book of Christian theology, written to help people seeking God in a culture that has grown from modern capitalism. By comparing classic Christian teaching on wealth with the realities of our modern economic world, Schneider challenges the common presumption that material affluence is inherently bad. Careful interpretation of Scripture narratives - creation, exodus, exile, and more - also shows that abundance is the condition that God envisions for all human beings and that faithful persons of wealth are part of this plan. Schneider believes that the "wealth-as-blessing" themes of the Old Testament are not to be spiritualized and do not run contrary to New Testament teachings but provide exactly the frame of reference for the incarnate identity, life, and teaching of Jesus, who came to make real the messianic feast, both in this age and in the age to come. Through insightful engagement with the biblical text Schneider overturns some of the most cherished and unquestioned assumptions of influential Christian writers (particularly Ronald Sider) on modern capitalist affluence. Yet Schneider's message is also finely balanced with the need for responsible Christian living. He offers rich Christians biblical affirmation but also challenges them to a life shaped by an uncommon sense of stewardship and compassion. Incisive, thought-provoking, and biblically grounded, The Good of Affluence is a superb resource for anyone - students, professors, businesspeople, general readers, discussion groups - wishing to grapple seriously with the subject of faith and wealth.

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wealth incompatible with true Christianity? In The Good of Affluence John R. Schneider reopens the debate over the proper Christian attitude toward money, arguing, ultimately, that Scripture does indeed provide support for the responsible possession of wealth. This is a provocative book of Christian theology, written to help people seeking God in a culture that has grown from modern capitalism. By comparing classic Christian teaching on wealth with the realities of our modern economic world, Schneider challenges the common presumption that material affluence is inherently bad. Careful interpretation of Scripture narratives -- creation, exodus, exile, and more -- also shows that abundance is the condition that God envisions for all human beings and that faithful persons of wealth are part of this plan. Schneider believes that the "wealth-as-blessing" themes of the Old Testament are not to be spiritualized and do not run contrary to New Testament teachings but provide exactly the frame of reference for the incarnate identity, life, and teaching of Jesus, who came to make real the messianic feast, both in this age and in the age to come. Through insightful engagement with the biblical text Schneider overturns some of the most cherished and unquestioned assumptions of influential Christian writers (particularly Ronald Sider) on modern capitalist affluence. Yet Schneider's message is also finely balanced with the need for responsible Christian living. He offers rich Christians biblical affirmation but also challenges them to a life shaped by an uncommon sense of stewardship and compassion. Incisive, thought provoking, and biblically grounded, The Good of Affluence is a superb resource for anyone -- students, professors, businesspeople, general readers, discussion groups -- wishing to grapple seriously with the subject of faith and wealth.

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Gracious call to generous delight  Sep 22, 2006
When I was growing up, many well-meaning people talked to me about my obligation to care about global poverty, but their message was so extreme it was unlivable. The message was simple: as long as there is one child dying of hunger in the world, you have no right to enjoy the wealth and privilege you've been given as a citizen of this country. You should feel guilty for everything you have and live on as little as possible. As a college teacher, I see many of my students receive this same message, and many of them respond as I did: because the burden of guilt is too heavy to be borne, they give up on caring for the poor at all. John Schneider's book is a much-needed antidote to this guilt-ridden message. Schneider begins with a careful reading of Scripture and demonstrates how we should care for the poor while at the same time enjoying the goodness of God's abundant creation. This book is not a glorification of self-indulgence, but a call for a biblically-grounded attitude of generous delight in the gifts of God. I have used this book as a classroom text, and it was very well received.
Full disclosure: I'm acquainted with John Schneider, since we teach at the same college. However, I have many other colleagues whose books are for sale on this site, and this is the only such book I've ever bothered to review. I personally found the book to be a helpful word of grace.
 
Are the wealthy barred from heaven?  Feb 16, 2003
Author John Schneider answers the question with a resounding, NO! This book provides Christians with a Godly vision to live with integrity and humility in our capitalist society. Schneider eloquently describes how well off Christians can live in faith while enjoying life to the fullest. Schneider posits that God created man to delight in God's glory, including material delight. Schneider helps us properly achieve and enjoy affluence as God intended, in a God-centered, not self-centered, way.

Our delight includes compassion for our neighbors, especially the poor and powerless. This is an essential part of God's vision for us. But God does not require Christians to sell all of their possessions and give the proceeds to the poor. Schneider rejects as unbiblical critics of wealth who would impose the doctrines of asceticism or utilitarianism on Christians. However, God does call on us to use our affluence in a creative and redemptive manner to help the poor and powerless. Schneider persuasively argues that this directive is limited by the principle of moral proximity, which he describes at length.

Abundance is a condition that God intends for all of us. This book deftly helps Christians remain faithful to God while enjoying the fruit God provides in this capitalist culture. I highly recommend this book.

 
the good of affluence: seeking god in a culture of wealth  Dec 4, 2002
this book is definately not for light reading, should be for readers that have a vast knowledge of the bible and other associated reading. big disappointment as it was tooo deep to understand.
 

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