Review by Choice Review
This collection of ten essays, all but one by members from various departments of the Georgetown University faculty, originated in a Georgetown colloqium during the drafting of the recent pastoral on the economy by US Catholic bishops. The book is difficult to assess. On the one hand, these are occasional pieces linked to a particular event; the references to the pastoral are to various drafts, and they have not been edited to apply to the final document. On the other hand, most of the comments do apply to the final pastoral, and, beyond that, the essays together raise crucial issues in modern Christian and particularly Catholic economic ethics. Proponents of a biblical, kingdom of God, liberation theology approach are countered by defenders of general analysis. There are supporters of traditional and communitarian or Aristotelian philosophy in economic ethics as well as liberal reformers who call for a specific analysis of the current American economy and of what is needed for economic efficiency. These are only hints at the richness in this stimulating collection. It should remain relevant for years. Recommended for libraries serving graduate students and upper-division undergraduates.-G.L. Frear Jr., St. Lawrence University
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