“Wealth, Business and Tensions with Religious Values”

Join us for a discussion of longstanding tensions between personal wealth and religious beliefs.
Join us for a discussion of longstanding tensions between personal wealth and religious beliefs.
History Professor Anna Jones will discuss the New Testament foundations for Christian thinking on the problem of wealth. She will then outline some of the questions regarding wealth that occupied medieval European Christians: Should a truly religious person own private property? If one does own property, is it possible to use it in a way that will help the soul? Is wealth accumulated through trade worse for the soul than wealth held as land? Is there any ethical way to lend money at interest? Chair of Philosophy Lou Lombardi will raise questions about personal wealth and profit as they emerge in corporate capitalism, as for example in mid-20th century debates about whether one could be a good Christian and a good business person.
Meyer Auditorium, Hotchkiss Hall