The effect of religion on poverty

Show simple item record Beyers, Jaco 2014-10-02T08:07:56Z 2014-10-02T08:07:56Z 2014-08-14
dc.description This article was initially a presentation to the Symposium Social Cohesion, August 07–08, 2013, directed by Prof. Dr Johann-Albrecht Meylahn, Department of Practical Theology, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. en_US
dc.description.abstract Poverty is a human condition. Social, economic, psychological and political factors affect society and can alleviate as well as stimulate poverty. Religion provides a unique perspective on the phenomenon of poverty. This article suggests three functions of religion regarding poverty. Firstly, religion can redirect human thought to spiritual concerns, focusing on spiritual poverty instead of material concerns. Secondly, it can provide the moral fibres needed in society. Religion can influence the response to poverty by having an ethical impact when principles benefiting all in society are applied within economic systems. Religion can also influence the response to poverty by fostering an attitude of willingness to practise generosity. Religion can educate communities in order for human dignity of all in society to be restored. Thirdly, religion can be part of the system actively encouraging and participating in alleviating poverty. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2014 en_US
dc.description.uri en_US
dc.identifier.citation Beyers, J., 2014, 'The effect of religion on poverty', HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 70(1), Art. #2614, 8 pages. 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2614. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v70i1.2614
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_US
dc.rights © 2014. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject Religion en_US
dc.subject Poverty alleviation en_US
dc.subject Society response to poverty en_US
dc.title The effect of religion on poverty en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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