THE GOOD OF AFFLUENCE: Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth

John R. Schneider, Author . Eerdmans $24 (233p) ISBN 978-0-8028-4799-7

This substantially revised edition of Schneider's earlier book Godly Materialism: Rethinking Money and Possessions is more scholarly and theological than the earlier title, but it retains the same thesis: there is a biblical precedent for the responsible ownership of wealth. He cautions, however, that "human history has never before known circumstances in which entire societies were affluent" and not just individuals, so such biblical support needs to be tempered with careful reflection about how Christians can seek God in a full-blown capitalist society. Schneider is unabashed in his admiration for capitalism, which he regards as uniquely suited to ensure that all of God's people enjoy prosperity. However, even readers who disagree with him on this point can learn much from his overall position, which lies between the "prosperity theologians," who believe that God blesses the faithful with material wealth, and the "radical Christians" (e.g., Tony Campolo and Ron Sider), who view individual wealth as almost entirely negative. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 08/26/2002
Release date: 07/01/2002
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 244 pages - 978-0-8028-3363-1
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