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Christianity and the Prospects for Development in the Global South

Peter S. Heslam

in The Oxford Handbook of Christianity and Economics

Published in print February 2014 | ISBN: 9780199729715
Published online March 2014 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199729715.013.019

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Christianity and the Prospects for Development in the Global South

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There are two key facts about development that are obvious yet often overlooked: the solution to material poverty is material wealth and the only sphere of society that generates such wealth is business. From these two foundations, the argument in this chapter is that Christianity can be, and often is, conducive to the kind of environment that business needs to flourish and for business to contribute to the well-being of society. It is remarkable the extent to which the role of religion and business are ignored in mainstream development thinking. One reason this is generally overlooked is that the development community tends to focus on definitions and causes of poverty, rather than what causes wealth. This chapter discusses the role of the Evangelical-Pentecostal-Charismatic Movement in promoting wealth through a sense of calling, a positive mind-set, delaying gratification, stimulating entrepreneurship, rationalization, and nurturing voluntary associations.

Keywords: interdisciplinary; economics; theology; religion; Christianity

Article.  12107 words. 

Subjects: Economics ; History of Economic Thought ; Economic Development and Growth

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