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The Fear of Beggars: Stewardship and Poverty in Christian Ethics
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 C ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Eerdmans
(first published May 15th 2007)
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I read this book for Christian Ethics class in seminary and was quite put off by it. Johnson uses a Franciscan ethic of poverty to take a bat to an ethic of stewardship, and John Wesley is her chief tackling dummy (of course, he is linked up to that evil founder of capitalism, Adam Smith). On the whole the question of why we "fear" (more accurately, are made uncomfortable by) beggars is an interesting one and she challenges us to think through a Christian response to povery in some helpful ways. ...more