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Toward a better worldliness : ecology, economy, and the Protestant tradition

Author: Terra Schwerin Rowe
Publisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Five hundred years ago the Protestant Reformation inspired profound theological, ecclesial, economic, and social transformations. But what impact does the Protestant tradition have today? And what might it have? This volume addresses such questions, focusing on the economic and ecological implications of the Protestant doctrine of grace. In the late twentieth-century, a number of Protestant scholars countered Max  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
ROWE, TERRA SCHWERIN.
TOWARD A BETTER WORLDLINESS.
[Place of publication not identified] : AUGSBURG FORTRESS, 2017
(OCoLC)966556881
Named Person: Martin Luther; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Martin Luther
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Terra Schwerin Rowe
ISBN: 9781506422336 1506422330
OCLC Number: 982492637
Description: 1 online resource (xliv, 200 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
1. Protestant ghosts and the spirits of capitalism : ecology, economy, and the Protestant tradition --
2. Inheriting the free gift : economic and ecological implications --
3. Ecology of the gift : the ecotheologies of Joseph Sittler and J{uml}urgen Moltmann --
4. The gift revisited : unconditioned and multilateral --
5. Communicating grace --
6. Toward a "better worldliness."
Responsibility: Terra Schwerin Rowe.

Abstract:

Five hundred years ago the Protestant Reformation inspired profound theological, ecclesial, economic, and social transformations. But what impact does the Protestant tradition have today? And what might it have? This volume addresses such questions, focusing on the economic and ecological implications of the Protestant doctrine of grace. In the late twentieth-century, a number of Protestant scholars countered Max Weber's famous work on Protestantism and capitalism by arguing that Calvin and Luther were prophetic critics of early capitalist practices. While acknowledging the importance of this scholarship, Terra Rowe argues that a more nuanced approach is necessary. This narrative tends to purify Protestantism of capitalist beginnings and does not account for compelling arguments articulated by proponents of Radical Orthodoxy tying Protestantism--and Protestant grace in particular--to capitalism. These debates now emerge with increasing urgency in the face of growing economic injustice and overwhelming evidence of an ecologically unsustainable economic system, demonstrated most potently by climate change. In the spirit of ecotheologies resonating with the best of the Reformation tradition, this book develops a fresh reading of Luther's theology of grace and his economic ethics in conversation with current reflections on concepts of the gift and gifting practices.

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