Why Business Matters to God: And What Still Needs to Be Fixed

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-01
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr
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Jeff Van Duzer grew up thinking business was the source of much damage and evil in the world, the work of greedy capitalists polluting the environment. Thirty years later he was dean of a business school.In the course of that remarkable transformation, Van Duzer found cause for both hope and concern. He discovered many business people achieving a great deal of good for society as well as a lot of illegal and unethical behavior.Along the way he found some who thought that merely being honest and kind was what made business Christian. Others said they'd never ask pastors for business advice because they had no interest or experience in their work. After all, wasn't "full-time Christian service" what the church was all about?This book explores the nature and meaning of doing business and finds it calls for much more than most think. Van Duzer presents a profoundly Christian approach that integrates biblical studies with the disciplines of business and economics. Looking beyond the place of ethical principles and the character of the individual, Van Duzer displays a vision of business that contributes to the very purposes of God.

Author Biography

Jeff Van Duzer is dean of the School of Business and Economics and professor of business law and ethics at Seattle Pacific University. For twenty years prior to that, Van Duzer practiced law in Seattle with an emphasis on finance and natural resources. He writes and speaks frequently in both church and professional settings.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 11
In the Beginningp. 23
Brokenp. 49
In the Endp. 81
Putting It Back Togetherp. 103
Postures of Engagement: First Excursusp. 125
A Thought About Institutions: Second Excursusp. 143
How Then Should We Do Business?p. 151
Making It Real: A Few Final Questionsp. 169
Author Indexp. 203
Subject Indexp. 204
Scripture Indexp. 206
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