Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger
In the 20th anniversary revision of his groundbreaking book Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger, Ronald Sider examines the complex causes of poverty and offers concrete, practical proposals for social and individual change. The most thorough, biblical case against poverty-20 years ago or today.
However, the best thing about this book was also the worst thing - w...more
"Can overfed, comfortably clothed, and luxuriously housed persons understand poverty?" is how the book opens. The first chapter closes with this summary of what the book talks about:
"Imagine what one quarter of the world's Christians could do if they became truly generous. A few of us could move...to desperately poor areas. The rest of us could defy surrounding materialism. We could refuse to let our affluent world squeeze us into its consumeristic mold. Instead, we could become generous non-co...more
1)Poor Lazarus and Rich Christians, or I don't understand what causes poverty: There are currently 218 gizmos running around and America is currently using 130 of them. We're such jerks. If we distributed the gizmos evenly, everything would be peachy fine.
2)A Biblical Perspective on the Poor and Possessions, or I don't know what the Bible says about mammon: Look! Woe unto you rich folkies! Take that!... hmmm?...more
I recommend this highly for all Christians--especially those of us who teach and disciple others about stewardship. This book should be read along with John R. Schneider's book, "The Good of Affluence." The combined reading of these two opposing books will help Christ's servant discern both biblical teaching on wealth as well as assist...more
We can all do a lot more to change our lifestyles to be less wasteful and more generous to help the world's poor.
Cultural and institutional change is a big project to manage and he offers some good ideas and suggestions; but I felt that his description of the massive, complex problems was underscored by what I considered simplistic answers and solutions - ("end corruption, decrease military spen...more
The theological causes of poverty and the actual causes overlap, and Sider isn't consistent. I enjoyed chapters 1 to 8 but last three chapters is just call to action.
I read it many years ago, and it inspired my husband and myself to propose to our friends, the concept of living in a "communal neighborhood" (sharing resources in order to free more resources to help others). However, we had no idea how hard it would be to sell this idea.
This book became very important to me that semester because it was the only book I could find about the subject that represented the evangelical perspective. Even though some of Sider's ideas might be naive, I still think that Rich Christians is worth the read, simply because it makes you think. It really helped shape my thoughts about Christianity as it relates to poverty and just...more
I did not agree completely with the author--for example, his emphasis on government aid and (too much in my opinion) focus on environmental efforts. However, I would recommend it to Christians. It does not allow you to remain lukewarm.
Perhaps the one thing that it is the perspective that Christians should have when approaching this issue. Presented as it is, it could lead to a guilt trip...but if read properly, it offers a wealth of information.