Christian Moral Resources for Economic Justice and Sustainability


  • Gerhold K. Becker


As the recent global economic crisis has shown, we cannot leave the search for solutions exclusively to politicians and the so-called experts in finance and economics. It has become apparent that the usual economic focus on continued growth and short-term profitability is not sustainable and needs to be readjusted. This paper proposes that the moral resources of religions are a precious heritage of humanity in its search for meaning and the good life. This wisdom should not be restricted to the faithful but be made available to secular society as well. For the Christian churches, this seems to require firstly taking stock of their social and moral teachings and secondly translating them into a language that is comprehensible to believers and non-believers alike and that can inspire the moral discourse in pluralist society.

Author Biography

Gerhold K. Becker

Assumption University, Bangkok