economy

Serving God and Mammon

Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Luke story of the rich, young ruler

It has been very risky for a long time now to make statements about what Jesus said. Accordingly, I won't claim that the explicit assertion that we cannot serve both God and Mammon came from him. But unless the synoptic writers seriously misunderstood him, it constitutes a good indication of his views.

Should We Try To Get The Economy Back on Track?

Question: 
Should we try to get the economy back on track?
Publication Month: 
April 2009
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

To approach this question, I need to consider, first, a much broader one. Is this the sort of issue that Christian theologians should address?

Financial Crisis, Cobb on the Wall Street

Question: 
Can process theology contribute to our reflection about the crisis in the financial sector?
Publication Month: 
October 2008
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Dr. Cobb's Response

The Wall Street financial crisis seems to be a “teachable moment.” Generally when one talks about economics, and especially about finance, eyes glaze over. But currently there is some desire to understand what is happening.

Gulf Oil Spill

Question: 
What does process theology say about the spread of oil in the Gulf of Mexico?
Publication Month: 
July 2010
Author - First Name: 
John B.
Author - Last Name: 
Cobb, Jr.

Of course, process theologians share the universal distress about the damage being done to the gulf and many of those people who live around it. Our suspicion of those who live and work in the service of the economy is such that we suspect that matters are even worse than the press informs us. When we read that the chemicals being used to slow the leak are far more toxic than oil, we find that entirely credible.

The question for this FAQ is different. It is about the interpretation of this event and the implications drawn from it.

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