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The Power of Wealth

Bernard Cooke

in Power and the Spirit of God

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780195174519
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835119 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174518.003.0007
 The Power of Wealth

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While wealth has always provided power, this has increased in modern times when wealth has become a basic source of influence. With increased globalization, the disparity between rich and poor has widened and more and more wealth has passed into corporate control. Opposing the values of an economic system that subordinates persons to profit, Christianity, guided by the Spirit, advocates the primacy of people. Wealth in itself is not evil, it has the power to better human life, but it often leads to oppression of the poor. In contrast, Christianity proposes the ideal of evangelical poverty.

Keywords: corporate; globalization; wealth; poverty; profit

Chapter.  3474 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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