9780849945304

Rich Christians In An Age Of Hunger

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  • ISBN13:

    9780849945304

  • ISBN10:

    0849945305

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-04-12
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

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Summary

When Ron Sider's Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger first appeared twenty-eight years ago, it shook readers to the core. Informed about the issues of world hunger and poverty, they could no longer ignore the plight of their global neighbors. This thoroughly revised edition of Sider's best-selling book outlines the progress that has been made in the last three decades-and the work that is still left to do. Every day 30,000 children still die of starvation and preventable diseases, and 1.2 billion people live in relentless, unrelieved poverty worldwide.

Author Biography

Ronald J. Sider, Ph.D., Yale, is professor of theology at Eastern University

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition xiii
Acknowledgments xix
PART ONE: POOR LAZARUS AND RICH CHRISTIANS
1. A Billion Hungry Neighbors
1(22)
New Economic Divisions in the World
4(1)
Uneven Distribution
5(3)
Famine Redefined
8(2)
Poverty's Children
10(4)
Making Progress
14(3)
Population
17(3)
Limits to Growth?
20(1)
The Future and Our Response
20(3)
2. The Affluent Minority
23(18)
Promises, Promises
24(1)
Where Did It All Begin?
25(1)
How Affluent Are We?
26(6)
Poverty at $50,000 a Year?
32(1)
How Generous Are We?
32(2)
Rationalizing Our Affluence
34(7)
PART TWO: A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE POOR AND POSSESSIONS
3. God and the Poor
41(24)
Pivotal Points of Revelation History
42(6)
God Identifies with the Poor
48(2)
God's Special Instruments
50(2)
Why Does God Cast Down the Rich?
52(4)
God's Concern and Ours
56(6)
Is God on the Side of the Poor?
62(3)
4. Economic Fellowship and Economic Justice
65(24)
Capital in an Agricultural Society
66(1)
The Year of Jubilee
67(3)
The Sabbatical Year
70(2)
Laws on Tithing and Gleaning
72(1)
Models to Follow and Avoid
73(2)
Jesus' New Community
75(2)
The Jerusalem Model
77(4)
Economic Koinonia
81(5)
How Then Shall We Live?
86(3)
5. Thinking Biblically About Property and Possessions
89(18)
Private Property
89(4)
The Danger of Riches
93(4)
The Ring and the Beloved
97(1)
Righteousness and Riches
98(4)
Carefree Living
102(5)
6. Social Evil: Sin Embedded in Societal Systems
107(14)
The Old Testament
109(5)
The New Testament
114(2)
God's Response
116(5)
PART THREE: WHAT CAUSES POVERTY?
7. Poverty's Complex Causes
121(12)
Sinful Personal Choices
121(1)
Unbiblical Worldviews
122(1)
Disasters
123(1)
Lack of Technology
124(1)
Great Inequalities of Power
124(5)
Western Colonialism
129(4)
8. Structural Injustice Today
133(50)
Evaluating Market Economies
135(8)
International Trade
143(4)
The International Debt Crisis
147(2)
Destroying the Environment and the Poor
149(1)
How Are We Harming God's Creation and the Poor?
150(10)
Eating Food from Hungry Nations
160(4)
Multinational Corporations in Developing Countries
164(5)
Discrimination and War
169(8)
Repentance
177(6)
PART FOUR: IMPLEMENTATION
9. Toward a Simpler Lifestyle: The Graduated Tithe and Other Modest Proposals
183(22)
The God of North America
185(1)
Some Examples
186(1)
The Graduated Tithe
187(3)
Communal Living
190(1)
Guidelines for Giving
191(1)
Some Practical Suggestions
192(2)
Evaluating Organizations
194(4)
How Generous Are We?
198(3)
The Sabbath and Our Lifestyles
201(1)
A Call for Loyalty
202(3)
10. Watching Over One Another in Love
205(14)
A Sociological Perspective
207(2)
New Patterns of Christian Community
209(1)
A Congregation of House Churches
210(4)
The Individual House Church
214(1)
"All Things in Common"
214(1)
Glass Cathedrals in an Age of Hunger?
215(1)
The Triple Five Plan
216(3)
11. Making the World More Fair
219(50)
Ambulance Drivers or Tunnel Builders?
220(3)
Who Will Be Helped?
223(2)
A Change in Foreign Policy
225(2)
Social Change and Conversion
227(2)
Correcting Weaknesses of Market Economies
229(11)
Making International Trade More Fair
240(4)
Reducing Unmanageable Debt
244(2)
Preserving the Earth and Empowering the Poor
246(10)
Does Foreign Aid Help?
256(6)
Bombs, Bread, and Illusions
262(1)
Organizations That Make a Difference
263(2)
Let Justice Ring
265(4)
Epilogue 269(2)
Appendix A. Works Cited 271(12)
Appendix B: Organizations 283(4)
Endnotes 287(46)
Index of Persons and Topics 333

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