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Overview In the twenty-first century, the gap between the haves and have-nots is lengthening once again, and to American eyes, poverty is no longer limited to third-world countries. Yet often modern Christian thought on property is premised on the exclusion of the beggar from economic morality. Kelly Johnson asks the important question Why does Christian ethics so rarely tackle the question of whether to give to beggars? Examining both classical economics and Christian stewardship ethics as reaction to medieval mendicant debates, Johnson reveals both modern anxiety about dependence and humility and the importance of Christian attempts to re-imagine property relations in ways that integrate those qualities. Studying the rhetoric and thought of Christian thinkers, beggar saints, economists and others, Johnson places greatest emphasis on the life and work of Peter Maurin. Challenging and thought-provoking, The Fear of Beggars will expand what counts as a topic for Christian economic ethics into a richer, more complicated discussion.
Publishers Description Why, asks Kelly Johnson, does Christian ethics so rarely tackle the real-life question of whether to give to beggars? Examining both classical economics and Christian stewardship ethics as reactions to medieval debates about the role of mendicants in the church and in wider society, Johnson reveals modern anxiety about dependence and humility as well as the importance of Christian attempts to rethink property relations in ways that integrate those qualities. She studies the rhetoric and thought of Christian thinkers, beggar saints, and economists from throughout history, placing greatest emphasis on the life and work of Peter Maurin, a cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement. Challenging and thought-provoking, The Fear of Beggars will move Christian economic ethics into a richer, more involved discussion.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Fear of Beggars: Stewardship and Poverty in Christian Ethics (Eerdmans Ekklesia Series) by Kelly S. Johnson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 12/11/2008 page 22
Christian Century - 11/04/2008 page 39
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 6.54" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
Series Ekklesia Project
ISBN 0802803784 ISBN13 9780802803788
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More About Kelly S. Johnson
Kelly S. Johnson is assistant professor of religious studies, University of Dayton, Ohio. She is an active member of the Ekklesia Project. This is her first book.
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just begging to be good Feb 28, 2010
I know of very few books that attempt to frame not only the charitable obligation of the Christian to the beggar, but the very status of all Christians as beggars before God. Johnson performs an excellent service to both the church and the academy by taking seriously Jesus' approach (especially in light of the prophets) to the poor, beggars, and to money in general. She argues that begging itself has a long sacramental history within Christianity that also provides the non-beggar the opportunity to participate in God's forthcoming heavenly banquet. By refusing to be fearful of beggars, our eyes are opened to the kind of kingdom Jesus inaugurated. This book will challenge most, if not all, of "Christian" America's presumptions about money and those who are completely without it. It is a must-read.