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Economy of Grace

Economy of Grace

Are there any fair and viable alternatives to global capitalism? University of Chicago theologian Kathryn Tanner offers here a serious and creative proposal for evaluating economic theory and behavior through a theological lens.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800637743
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 172
  • Publication Date June 17, 2005


"This is the kind of book that prompts important and sustained argument. Tanner unrelentingly sets God's grace off from marker assumptions and yet does not attempt to generate a new economy apart from the workings of the present system. In fact, the startling claim is that the world capitalist system can benefit from 'theological economy.' Tanner's arguments about unconditonal giving, non-competitive economic relations, and turning private goods into public goods will stimulate a wide-ranging debate from congregations that are struggling to rethink stewardship to the world regulatory organizations seeking a more humane globalization. It is a 'must read.'"
— M. Douglas Meeks, Vanderbilt University

Table of Contents

  1. An Economy of Grace?

  2. What Has Christianity to Do with Economics
    Money Means Grace and Grace Means Money
    The Dangers of Semantic Analysis
    The Pros and Cons of a Formal Analysis
    The Potential for Noncompetitiveness
    An Economically Irrelevant Pipe Dream?

  3. Imagining Alternatives to the Present Economic System

  4. Theological Economy's Response to Capitalism
    Capitalist Exchange and Exclusive Property
    Locke, Inalienable Property, and Loan
    Grace, Gift Exchange, and the Freely Given Gift
    An Economy of Grace

  5. Putting a Theological Economy to Work

  6. The Challenge of a Theological Economy
    The Significance of Economic Interdependence