The Good of Affluence by John R. Schneider
Seeking God in a Culture of Wealth

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How should Christians live in a material world? Should financialsuccess also bring personal guilt? Is wealth incompatible with trueChristianity? In "The Good of Affluence John Schneider reopens thedebate about the proper Christian attitude toward money, arguing, ultimately, that scripture does indeed provide support for theresponsible possession of wealth.

This is a provocative book of Christian theology, written tohelp people seeking God in a culture that has grown from moderncapitalism. By comparing the historic church teaching on wealthwith the realities of our modern economic world, Schneider challengesthe common presumption that material affluence is "inherentlybad. Careful interpretation of scripture shows too that prosperity isthe condition that God envisions for all human beings and thatfaithful persons of wealth are part of this plan. Schneider offersrich Christians biblical affirmation, but in a manner that also challengesthem to a life shaped by an uncommon sense of stewardshipand obligation to others.

Incisive and thought-provoking, "The Good of Affluence will be ideal for individuals or groups wishing to delve into the relation of faithand wealth.


About John R. Schneider

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Schneider is professor of religion and theology at Calvin College.
Published June 30, 2002 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. 233 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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This substantially revised edition of Schneider's earlier book Godly Materialism: Rethinking Money and Possessions is more scholarly and theological than the earlier title, but it retains the same thesis: there is a biblical precedent for the responsible ownership of wealth.

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