I’ve gotten into quite a few discussions in recent months on the economy. All too often I’m responding — or reacting — to some rather disparaging and/or uninformed dismissals of a robust theological economics. I’m sure some others here have as well. I find the tone quickly changes when I start dropping book names and interpretations. People get a bit less “I can spout whatever I want as if I’m a self-proclaimed authority.” After the attitude changes, the conversation generally takes a positive turn. Or it dies — but I can live with that. I’m not sure it would’ve been an interesting or helpful one anyways.
Here is a list of some of the books that have had a special place on my bookshelves for sometime now and I find myself returning to in the discussions:
1. A number of the short essays in Herbert McCabe’s God, Christ and Us.
2. Philip Goodchild’s Theology of Money.
3. Steve Long’s Divine Economy: Theology and the Market.
4. Kathryn Tanner’s Economy of Grace.
5. Rebecca Todd Peters’s In Search of the Good Life: The Ethics of Globalization.
6. Douglas Meeks’s God the Economist: The Doctrine of God and Political Economy.
7. Douglas Knight’s The Eschatological Economy: Time and the Hospitality of God.
You got any you love and often find helpful?