Towards an ethics of sustainable development : a contribution to the debate on a theology of economics in he ecumenical movement

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University of Cape Town

Chapter one introduces the debate in the Ecumenical Movement surrounding problems of poverty, unemployment and environmental degradation. In particular, the argument draws on the sentiment in the Ecumenical Movement that these problems are the result of "classical and neo-classical economic thinking". Having established a global context and a theoretical framework in chapter one, chapters two and three focus on Namibia. Chapter two discusses the policies of the Namibian government in addressing the problems of poverty, unemployment and environmental degradation, and chapter three examines the responses of the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) to these problems. In particular, it becomes evident that whereas the state in Namibia is attempting to address the three problems holistically - i.e., as inextricable from each other - the church shows a marked human interest at the expense of environmental concern. Chapter four introduces the Ecumenical Movement's Theology of Sharing as a Christian imperative for addressing threefold, intrinsically related problem of poverty, unemployment and environmental degradation. Chapter five proposes several models for the realization of this theology.

Bibliography: leaves 134-8.