Wealth and common good
Reed, Esther D.
Chapter from “Together for the common good: towards a national conversation”, ed. by Nicholas Sagovsky, Peter McGrail. SCM Press, 2015. 9780334053248. Deposited with the publisher's permission.
Christianity is not always anti-wealth per se but has much to say about the use of wealth for common good not merely personal advantage. Wealth can be a trust held in the service of God. This essay revisits some of Jesus’ most famous sayings about wealth to consider the acquisition, use and relative value of earthly wealth, and the realities of economic inequality. The cost of wealth can be damnation or the responsibility of using it well for common good.
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