The Recession and God, Reading the Signs of the Times
This is a different account of the current recession in Ireland and world-wide. Gerry O'Hanlon SJ draws on the rich resources of the Christian tradition to argue for the need for a new, more socially responsible, economic paradigm. He proposes a vision of the common good, inspired by the values of justice and solidarity, which rules out any simple return to 'business as usual'. Instead he urges that we use this time of crisis as an opportunity to pool our resources (both secular and religious) in committing ourselves to the search for a more sustainable future. This extended essay shows the relevance of theological thought for practical living, of Christianity for the public square.
Gerry O'Hanlon offers a timely and insightful analysis of the current socio-economic crisis pervading Ireland and the rest of the world. He calls for a national debate around the vision and values that might help leaders to move forward. At the same time he presents biblical and theological wisdom that could inform this national debate.
Dr Dermot A Lane, Mater Dei Institute for Education
In this scholarly and exciting essay, Gerry O'Hanlon shows the relevance of real Christianity, as found in the Scriptures and filtered through Catholic Social Teaching, for current economic woes. Service of one's fellowman by those who identify themselves as Christians, including bankers and finaciers, combined with just punishment for wrongdoers, can bring vitatlity to a damaged society.
Dr Finola Kennedy, economist and author
Gerry O'Hanlon SJ is acting Director of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at the Milltown Institute. He has written an academic study of theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar and co-authored several booklets on social theology.
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