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Economic Inequality as God's Law?: Considering the Nature of Economic Life

Alison Lutz

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At the Episcopal Church’s national conference in 1924, one of the ten issues discussed was “The Christian Approach to the Solution of Industrial Problems.” The consideration of this issue opened the door on two different lines of thinking about the role of the church in economic life: whether the current organization of the economic system is a natural and immutable fact of the world created by God, or whether it is a human construction that can be influenced and changed to bring it more into alignment with Christian principles. This paper will consider the arguments made in 1924, and offer a brief analysis of their implications for how the church speaks to economic life today.

 
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