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PRODUCT TITLE ECONOMY OF DESIRE
ISBN NUMBER 9780801035739
CATEGORY TYPE ETHICS/PHILOSOPHY
AUTHOR/EDITOR DANIEL BELL
PUBLISHER BAKER
PRODUCT Type. Books
Summary CHRISTIANITY & CAPITALISM IN A POSTMODERN WORLD
FORMAT SOFTCOVER
SELLING PRICE $31.00*
*price before member's discount

DESCRIPTION

"This is the most thoroughly researched and accessible book on theological economics available today. Its breadth is impressive, its argument compelling. It deserves to be widely read and used at all levels in the university and church."--D. Stephen Long, Marquette University
In this addition to the award-winning Church and Postmodern Culture series, Daniel Bell compares and contrasts capitalism and Christianity, showing how Christianity provides resources for faithfully navigating the postmodern global economy. He approaches capitalism and Christianity as alternative visions of humanity, God, and the good life. Considering faith and economics in terms of how desire is shaped, he casts the conflict as one between different disciplines of desire.

Bell engages the work of two important postmodern philosophers, Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault, to illuminate the nature of the postmodern world that the church currently inhabits. He considers how the global economy deforms desire in a manner that distorts human relations with God and one another. In contrast, he presents Christianity and the tradition of the works of mercy as a way beyond capitalism and socialism, beyond philanthropy and welfare. Christianity heals desire, renewing human relations and enabling communion with God. This book will work well for courses in theology and ethics, philosophical theology, discipleship, and Christianity and culture. Pastors and church leaders will also find it enlightening.