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God And the Evil of Scarcity: Moral Foundations of Economic Agency

God And the Evil of Scarcity: Moral Foundations of Economic Agency

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"This is a very big, very important work that takes up a large and urgent issue and follows it through with vigorous, meticulous study." —Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Professor Barrera addresses an important theological question: 'Why would a benevolent God create a world of material scarcity with all the suffering accompanying this fact?' He goes beyond answering this question by showing that the sacrifices demanded to deal with the challenge of scarcity create virtues and situations that are deeply Christian. Barrera's well-written, jargon-free book will capture the attention of anyone interested in this topic." —Wilfried Ver Eecke, Georgetown University

Written for theologians, philosophers, social scientists, and policymakers interested in the theological and philosophical foundations of economics, God and the Evil of Scarcity argues that precarious, subsistence living is not an immutable law of nature. Rather, such a chronic, dismal condition reflects personal and collective moral failure. Barrera contends that scarcity serves as an occasion for God to provide for us through each other and that there are strong metaphysical and scriptural warrants for enacting progressive social policies for a better sharing of the goods of the earth.