The Body of Christ in a Market Economy
An Anglican Inquiry into Economic Thinking
Table Of Contents
- About the author
- About the book
- Praise for The Body of Christ in a Market Economy
- This eBook can be cited
- Table of Contents
- 1 Reading Scripture
- 2 Engaging Economics
- 3 Theological Responses
- 4 Learning to Desire
- 5 How Jesus Saves
- 6 The Church and Salvation in a Commercial World
- Series Index
Gawain de Leeuw
The Body of Christ
in a Market Economy
An Anglican Inquiry
into Economic Thinking
New York • Bern • Berlin
Brussels • Vienna • Oxford • Warsaw
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: De Leeuw, Gawain, author
Title: The body of Christ in a market economy: an Anglican inquiry into economic thinking / Gawain de Leeuw.
Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019.
Series: Studies in Episcopal and Anglican theology, vol. 10
ISSN 2168-3891 (print) | ISSN 2168-3905 (online)
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Identifiers: LCCN 2018044980 | ISBN 978-1-4331-2848-6 (hardback: alk. paper)
ISBN 978-1-4539-1747-3 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-6173-5 (epub)
ISBN 978-1-4331-6174-2 (mobi)
Subjects: LCSH: Economics—Religious aspects—Christianity.
Economics—Religious aspects—Anglican Communion.
Classification: LCC BR115.E3 D355 2019 | DDC 261.8/5—dc23
LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018044980
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Rev. Dr. Gawain de Leeuw, OA, is the rector of St. Bartholomew’s Church in White Plains, New York. He is a life professed member of the Order of the Ascension, a dispersed Benedictine community. He serves on the Task Force on the Theology of Money for the Episcopal Church.
About the book
Holy Scripture and economists have distinct ways of exploring market networks. The Body of Christ in a Market Economy explains how desire connects scripture, eco-nomics, theological anthropology, and soteriology. By explaining the mechanics of desire and Jesus’ saving grace, it becomes possible for churches and congregations to better align their networks for the common good within market economies. Rivalry is an expense. Follow Jesus or prepare to spend
Praise for The Body of Christ in a Market Economy
"Gawain de Leeuw offers us a tutorial in modern economics in dialogue with theological themes rooted as deep as the foundation of the world. This is no small feat, and he brings it all home with a suite of practical applications suitable to church structures as intimate as the parish and as encompassing as the Communion."
Tobias Stanislas Haller, BSG, Church of the Advent, Baltimore
"In one of the more obscure sayings attributed to Jesus in the gospels, ‘the parable of the dishonest manager,’ Jesus warns his disciples that ‘the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the sons of light’ (Luke 16:8). One possible reading of this parable is that it criticizes the followers of Christ for their lack of sophistication in matters of money, stewardship, and economics, or perhaps, for failing to love God even as much as the wicked love riches.
"If it is read carefully, perhaps this new book by the Rev. Gawain de Leeuw could help remedy this weakness.
"Ambitious and expansive, de Leeuw takes aim at faith that remains uninformed by economic theory. But he offers much more than a dry discussion of ‘economics.’ This is a call for the Body of Christ to rethink money, markets, community and work from the ground up. And it is a practical guide to changing the way we engage with the world."
Matthew Baldwin, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Mars Hill College
"There’s always call for a fresh book explaining how it’s possible people can remain faithful followers of Jesus within the capitalist economic system. Gawain de Leeuw’s work steps up to the challenge with wisdom, brio and cutting-edge anthropology. Filled with insights, his study wrestles over and over with the aporias separating the reckless giving of the gospel from a market system based in debt, exchange and commodification, or between the relationship of love modeled by Jesus and the fetterless desire and rivalry modeled by money. The fact that capitalism has proven the best way of increasing productivity while satisfying endless wants does nothing to lessen the othering and exploitation at its heart. Gawain offers us the church’s dream of the sabbath as antidote, a time and place where competition and inexhaustible demand are replaced by rest, community, and blessing. But how can the church enable this practically? He suggests the successful management of rivalry as the core church practice, through sacraments, prayer, good governance, and cooperative networks. But perhaps the most radical impact of de Leeuw’s work is to continue to knead the leaven of the gospel into our economic worldview until the times really do catch up with Jesus. As he vividly puts it, ‘By ingesting Jesus, (we are given) the power to reconsider the game, the rat race, the system of materialism that creates a status war with others.’"
This eBook can be cited
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Table of Contents
6 The Church and Salvation in a Commercial World
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This book is the product of twenty years of steady reading on economics, mimetic theory, and sociology. I’d like to thank a few of those who have provided invaluable support along the way.
My brother Kabir de Leeuw for listening to me talk for years.
Anthony Bartlett, Matthew Baldwin, Tobias Haller, Katy Herron, Sam Jackson, Tom Nichols, Gary Perscesepe, Joyce Schroeder, Joseph Shepley, Mark Usher, Jesica Vega, and Ashley Warner, either read or cheered.
My brothers and sisters of the Order of the Ascension inspired me to connect Benedict, Martin Thornton, and economics.
Thank you to Bianca Cappellini, Tiffany Card, Noelle Damico, Joel Daniels, John Denson, Andy Dietsche, Greg Dvorak, Neil Dvorak, Brad Dyche, Cornelius Eady, Jennifer Flowers, Michael Gecan, Meredith Garmon, Jeffrey Geary, Mary Glasspool, Colin Goundry, Margret Grebowicz, Helena Gronberg, Leigh Hall, Jonathan Huyck, Dawne Moon, Matthew Moretz, Andrea Meyges, Sarah Micklem, Clara Mun, Christopher Oldi, Daniel Radosh, Allen Shin, Devin Singh, Jim Steen, Jeffrey Taylor, Elizabeth Werner, Frederick Wherry, and who all supplied me with data, support and encouragement.
Thank you to Ellen Wondra and Bill Burrill, each mentors in faith. Charles Mathewes offered suggestions and kept me reading.←vii | viii→
The Lilly Foundation gave me time to rest. The Luce Foundation had great expectations.
Rabbi Geoff Mitelman and Sinai and Synapses gave me the opportunity to learn about the intersection of science and religion.
Charles Henderson and Auburn Seminary was where this project began to find words, and especially Ivan Petrella, Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, Hannah Holfheinz, and Jennifer Leath, who each offered useful suggestions.
Thank you to the members of the Union Vision Team: Jason Ferris, John Flack, Melissa Hinnen, Julie Hoplamazion, Amy Kienzle, Cheri Kroon, Sara McCaslin, Eric Mull, Drew Paton, Sara Searight, Arden Strasser, Adrien Thorne, Seth Wax, Chris Shelton, Linda Taryy-Chard, Jane Huber, and Serene Jones.
The members of St. Bartholomew’s Church supported this long project with their endurance and patience. The White Plains Religious Leaders received regular updates.
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- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Vienna, Oxford, Wien, 2019. X, 216 pp.