January 2014 Issue Index

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​​   ​Editor's Introduction

James Kenneth Echols
A persistent and unfortunate reality in our world today is that, in relative terms, the rich get richer even as the poor get poorer.  Is this just the inevitable and tragic nature of life or are there certain economic, market and other forces that combine to produce such a result, namely, marginalization?  In the wake Pope Francis’ call to nations to narrow the gap between the rich and poor, and the Christian commitment to economic equity and justice for all, this issue of the Journal of Lutheran Ethics examines unrestrained capitalism in light of the call to love of neighbor. 
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Money, Religion and Tyranny: God and the Demonic in Luther’s Antifragile Theology​
   by Guillermo Hansen
We very often associate capitalism with the modern Occupy Wall Street movement, or Marx writing in the 19th century.  However, Hansen argues Luther himself witnessed the emergence of capitalism in Europe.  What did he have to say from a theological perspective about markets and debt?

Neighbor-love’s Moral Framework: From Markets That Concentrate Wealth to Markets That Serve Abundant Life for All​
    by Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Love thy neighbor.  We all know that verse, but what does it mean in terms of the global economy?  For instance, how do we love our neighbors in the Global South if we do not know, or ignore, how our economic choices impact them every day?  Furthermore, in an age of environmental harm, how do we redefine who our neighbor is? Moe-Lobeda explores these questions while envisioning the possibility of a moral economy.
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​​© January 2014
Journal of Lutheran Ethics (JLE)
Volume 14, Issue 1