Dethroning Mammon: Making Money Serve Grace: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2017
As a break with tradition Justin Welby is writing his own Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent Book. It is customary for him to commission someone else...The present Archbishop of Canterbury, as is well known, spent the early part of his career as an executive in the oil industry. He has brought this great experience to bear on a central theme of his mission - money and a good and just economy. With this Lent book, the Archbishop wishes to reach a much wider audience than just businessmen and bankers. He wants to encourage the man in the pew, the everyman, to think profoundly about these issues...The foundations of a good economy, he argues, are given in the nature of human beings: creativity, gratuity, solidarity and subsidiarity. But the basis of all these is creativity. God is the sole source of creation and he passes on the gift to his creation in human beings. This means that making things, and for that matter making money is, in his opinion, good. Wealth creation is a good thing...Creativity is a basic human function and a good economy is one that enables creativity to happen. This is why full employment matters, investment in education is essential, skills development is core and businesses of all minds should be given the space to develop and create wealth (and to fail), to create employment and prosperity for the society in which they love. It is a God-given call and desire...Many will find this unusual territory for an Archbishop but it is the context for an extremely original and thought-provoking Lent Book.
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