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Christianity versus Fatalistic Religions in the War Against Poverty

Biblica / 2008 / Paperback

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Many social activists and agencies concerned with poverty relief and development function on prescribed assumptions: those who have more should share with those who have less, thus creating equality. Some would take it one step further by saying that those who have more are morally wrong and must have gained their surplus from outright theft or unfair trade.

Far too often, religious and secular efforts see only a material problem. Both neglect the devastating power of bad ideas based in religion and social customs. Ideas have consequences. They're like glasses that either distort or bring into focus an objective reality.

Christianity verses Fatalistic Religions in the War Against Poverty posits that developmental work must focus on developing people's ideas. Cultural change must precede material changes. This book is for anyone interested in cultural and religious differences or who is exploring the difficult issues of relief and development.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 219
Vendor: Biblica
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 0.60 (inches)
ISBN: 0830856269
ISBN-13: 9780830856268
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Most literature and many aid efforts concerned with poverty relief and development function on mathematical assumptions. Those who have more should share with those who have less, thus creating equality. Some would add a moral component saying that those having more are morally wrong and must have gained their surplus from outright theft or unfair trade. But on the side of the needy, religious and secular efforts see only a material problem. Both neglect the devastating power of bad ideas based in religion and social customs. Yet what anyone believes about the building blocks of life will have results; their ideas are like eye glasses that either distort or bring into focus an objective reality. Development work must focus on developing people's ideas. Cultural change must precede material changes.

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Udo Middlemann, who holds degrees in law and theology, is the president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. He has lectured widely on ethics and society in many countries on all continents and regularly publishes . He has written and and authored numerous articles and chapters.

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