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Economy of Grace by Kathryn Tanner
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Jan 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: class-union, theology

Concise, well-written, and prophetic, this is an excellent case for a reformed economy backed by irresistible theological logic. Though aimed at theologians first, it would also have its use in adult education or even some school settings.

Tanner is distinguished among contemporary left-of-center theologians for the rigor and clarity of her method. She has learned the critique of the midcentury liberals, but her own subtle critique of certain post-liberal naivetes is even sharper and more necessary. Christians who have recognized the inhumanities and idolatries of much capitalist ideology and practice are nevertheless divided in their trust of the liberal state. Tanner names her own case for a growth toward social democracy in terms of clear theological merit.

For parish use, I might start with No Rising Tide for its moral clarity and post-crash analysis. Tanner's book is even more precise in its theological narration and in its proposed solutions.

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