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The Economy and Money in Three Recent Mission Documents

Vähäkangas, Mika LU (2015) In International Review of Mission 104(2). p.292-301
Abstract
While economic issues are not usually much debated in theology, three recent mission documents (The Cape Town Commitment, Together Towards Life and Evangelii Gaudium) have directly addressed them, criticising globalised capitalism more or less sharply and explicitly. However, all three lack transparency in that possible analysis which might provide foundation for the statements made is not visible. Additionally, the critique offered is vague and general except for some relatively concrete propositions in Evangelii Gaudium with seemingly social-democrat overtones. Thus these documents do not readily connect with economic, political and social scientific discourses, which reduces their applicability predominantly to the religious sphere and... (More)
While economic issues are not usually much debated in theology, three recent mission documents (The Cape Town Commitment, Together Towards Life and Evangelii Gaudium) have directly addressed them, criticising globalised capitalism more or less sharply and explicitly. However, all three lack transparency in that possible analysis which might provide foundation for the statements made is not visible. Additionally, the critique offered is vague and general except for some relatively concrete propositions in Evangelii Gaudium with seemingly social-democrat overtones. Thus these documents do not readily connect with economic, political and social scientific discourses, which reduces their applicability predominantly to the religious sphere and further supports an Enlightenment sacred/secular dichotomy that conflicts with the approach advocated in Together Towards Life. In order to increase the relevance of theological arguments concerning economic issues to spheres beyond the churches, theologians need to cooperate with economists and familiarise themselves with economic theories and practices before prescribing policies based on theological argumentation. (Less)
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International Review of Mission
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104
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2
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292 - 301
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The Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches
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  author       = {Vähäkangas, Mika},
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  keyword      = {Mission,economy,theology of mission},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {292--301},
  publisher    = {The Commission on World Mission and Evangelism of the World Council of Churches},
  series       = {International Review of Mission},
  title        = {The Economy and Money in Three Recent Mission Documents},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irom.12103},
  volume       = {104},
  year         = {2015},
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