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Religion, Society and Economics

Eastern and Western Perspectives in Dialogue


Kurvilla Pandikattu and Andreas Vonach

Worldwide globalization has become one of the most famous and also most important catchwords of the beginning of the third millennium. There seems to be no doubt, however, that this topic will also be very urgent in the near future, if we are willing to avoid bigger disasters and breakdowns concerning political, social, economical and, of course, ecological matters. The word globe itself points to the problem and task of dealing with this challenge in a common alliance, discussion and cooperation. In other words, the unstoppable progress of globalizing human lifes, behaviours and surroundings calls for common answers given by people of different religions, colours and nationalities. Bringing such various meanings and feelings into dialogue and interchange is the primary concern of this book, written by scholars of different subjects from India and Austria.
Contents: K. Pandikattu/A. Vonach: Introduction by the Editors – G. Fischer: How can rich people love the poor? Old Testament suggestions for our present day economy – M. Preglau: Disenchantment and re-enchantment of the world: Inescapable dialectics? – M. Jayanth: Ecology, economics and ethics: Sustainable development as a framework for a planetary ethics – W. Guggenberger: Worry, time and the spirit of social systems – B. Repschinski: Of mice and men and Matthew 2 – N. Sheth: Conflict and reconciliation between the Hindu Deities Visnu and Śiva – A. Vonach: In the name of God: The theological and social components of Ancient Israel’s wars and their relationship to some of today’s struggles – R. A. Siebenrock: Christian witness after Christianity: John Henry Newman’s life as an example of theological resposibility in a changing society – K. Pandikattu: Indian Paradox: Scientifically forward, economically backward, spiritually inward – L. Fernando: Socio-economic and political context of India in a pastoral perspective – E. Monteiro: Hindu nationalism and women in India – M. Doss: Jains and Entrepreneurship: Interplay of religion and society towards economic progress – W. Löffler: Financing the churches: Some european systems in comparison – W. Palaver/R. Schwager e.a.: September 11, 2001 and a theology of the signs of the time – M. C. Abraham: Religious Fundamentalism: A psycho-social perspective.