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None other than John Chrysostom preached that “to fail to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth but theirs” (Wealth and Poverty, 55). Yet Chrysostom was also convinced that a coerced equality would be unjust. Questions of justice and economics‒‒and of how economic justice might be secured‒‒weave through the biblical and subsequent Jewish and Christian traditions. How might they speak to the seemingly intractable dilemmas and conflicts of our own day?

Fortress authors explore biblical resources, vital themes of the Christian theological tradition, and urgent questions of today.


Alistair Young (Author)
Release date: January 1, 2015

Economist Alistair Young argues that environmental policy raises important ethical and theological issues around uncertainty, inequality the rights of traditional communities, and the obligation to respect nonhuman creation.

Release date: August 1, 2014

Here biblical scholars take readings of the Old and New Testaments, exploring the dynamics of hunger and its causation in ancient Israel and the Greco-Roman world and revealing the centrality of hunger concerns to the Bible.

Christina Petterson (Author), Roland Boer (Author)
Release date: July 1, 2014

Roland Boer and Christina Petterson here produce a critical survey showing that the rise of capitalist theory was shaped by the way different economic philosophers read the Bible.

Matthew B. Arbo (Author)
Release date: June 1, 2014
Political Vanity aims to illuminate the central debates over the historical, moral, and political legitimacy of market capitalism by engaging central theorists of the Scottish Enlightenment, in particular the philosopher and sociologist Adam Ferguson.
Meghan J. Clark (Author)
Release date: April 1, 2014

The Vision of Catholic Social Thought traces the emergence of solidarity and human rights as critical theological and philosophical pillars of the anthropology and ethics foundational to the development of Catholic social teaching.