Champions of the Poor
The Economic Consequences of Judeo-Christian Values
De Vries applies Judeo-Christian ethics—in particular, the values of social justice and compassion for the poor—to the problem of poverty in both the United States and in developing countries. Bringing together the insights of economics and ethicists, he considers both the economic feasibility of religious views regarding the eradication of poverty and the ethical aspects of economic programs. He analyzes the poverty of women resulting from discrimination, the impact of environmental degradation on the poor, the allocation of funding to military rather than social programs, and the implications of the enormous debts incurred by poor countries. In addressing these conditions, he demonstrates the pressing need for action on both economic and ethical grounds.
Champions of the Poor offers an unbiased presentation of the ethical positions taken by Jews, Catholics, mainline Protestants, and Evangelicals and stresses the need for all social sectors—religious and secular, business, labor and government—to work together to eradicate poverty. By reassessing poverty from these seemingly disparate approaches, it seeks to bring us closer to solving this age-old problem.
About the Author
"Barend de Vries combines the professional skill of the trained economist, the fruits of a lifetime spent in analyzing and addressing the problems of developing economies, and the moral focus that has animated the religious search for social justice. He has provided an important guide to those who search for clarity in the struggle to restore the issues of social justice and moral purpose to modern economic life."—Sumner M. Rosen, professor emeritus of social policy, Columbia University
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