More to come…

I have more to come on ‘Scotty…’ but watched this video this morning from Kare Raworth, who also has a book out on ‘Doughnut Economics’. I also think it is a good piece to put in the midst of any set of posts on what we believe. The scale of the issues that we face in terms of a good future / transformation is enormous. It is easier when we look at the issues to shrink back to ‘all that counts is souls being saved’ and the Hellenisation of the Gospel continues. But the death of Jesus is for a new world… ‘a new heavens and a new earth.’ Takes faith to believe that and must be supplemented with action and response. However, if we are responsible to make sure things happen…?

As I watched I thought again about the nature of sin – it is to do with (generous) boundaries. Eat all of this except. I also realise that there are many now who have had those boundaries taken from them – that is enslavement. The effects of sin – alienation at every level.

God help us!

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4 thoughts on “More to come…

  1. God help us indeed. I admire the work that Kate Raworth has done, setting a boundary below which people do not flourish. The Doughnut Economics concept is a great re-thinking of economics that should get us all thinking about setting our own boundaries on our lifestyles so that others can have the resources they need.

    I definitely agree with the New Heaven, New Earth thinking. I have spent the last 8 years of my life working out how that can be achieved in real terms albeit it a small area of the world, but it is what has motivated me in my studies and research.

    1. Thanks Joanna. I am not too informed on theories of economics, but from a faith perspective anything that separates economics from neighbourly well-being and ecology cannot stack up… and from an even half-hearted attempt to look to the future surely the vast majority of people have to think that we cannot carry on as we are.

      Resistance to change must come down to vested interest?

      1. This is a quote from Polanyi writing in 1944 in his book “The Great Transformation” on the rise of modernity

        “While history and ethnography know of various kinds of economies, most of them comprising the institution of markets, they know of no economy prior to our own, even approximately controlled and regulated by markets’ (1944, p.44). Until the eighteenth century in the West economic systems were based on the principles of reciprocity or redistribution, or of (individual) house-holding, or some combination of the three; and: ‘In this framework the orderly production and distribution ofgoods was secured through a great variety of individual motives disciplined by general principles of behaviour. Among these motives gain was not prominent’ (1944, p.55). ‘The economy’, in these circumstances, was actually ‘submerged’ (embedded) in social relationships; and, Polanyi says, ‘[Man] does not act so as to safeguard his individual interest in the possession of material goods; he acts so as to safeguard his social standing, his social claims, his social assets. He values ma- terial goods only in so far as they serve this end’ (1944, p.46).”

        This quote was taken from my course book “Poverty and Development into the 21st Century” and I think answers your question. So yes, economics should be embedded in society and not the other way around and Polanyi predicted a collapse of the system that flouted those rules.

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