The Fear of Beggars: Stewardship and Poverty in Christian Ethics

by Kelly Johnson

Paperback, 2007

Publication

Eerdmans (2007), 246 pages

Description

Why, asks Kelly Johnson, does Christian ethics so rarely tackle the real-life question of whether to give to beggars? Examining both classical economics and Christian stewardship ethics as reactions to medieval debates about the role of mendicants in the church and in wider society, Johnson reveals modern anxiety about dependence and humility as well as the importance of Christian attempts to rethink property relations in ways that integrate those qualities. She studies the rhetoric and thought of Christian thinkers, beggar saints, and economists from throughout history, placing greatest emphasis on the life and work of Peter Maurin, a cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement. Challenging and thought-provoking, The Fear of Beggars will move Christian economic ethics into a richer, more involved discussion.… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

246 p.; 6 inches

ISBN

0802803784 / 9780802803788
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