The idea of the Biblical economics : Utopia or chance in the face of the contemporary transformations of the sphere of work

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dc.contributor.author Kopiec, Piotr
dc.date.accessioned 2020-09-04T11:30:22Z
dc.date.available 2020-09-04T11:30:22Z
dc.date.issued 2019-02
dc.description HTS 75th Anniversary Maake Masango Dedication. en_ZA
dc.description This research is part of the research project, ‘Biblical Theology and Hermeneutics’, directed by Prof. Dr Andries van Aarde, Post Retirement Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Dean’s Office, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The future of labour appears as one of the crucial themes of the sociological and economic reflections. Sociologists and economists proclaim a shrinking scope of labour and, consequently, a certain elitism of jobs. In their opinion, professional work will be a privilege for those who are more skilled and better educated, and those who are able to face the challenges of the rapid technological progress. This will be causing an unknown future of the reality of both common unemployment and enforced idleness, and, consequently, a deep social transformation. Questions related to human labour from the very beginning are an important field of involvement for the ecumenical movement. Theologians and churchmen of different Christian confessions, while striving for unity, put the stress on the common reflection and activity in order to counteract poverty and unemployment. An example is a biblical economics developed in the ecumenical movement, an attempt to apply both some specific biblical economic ideas and biblical general model of economic relations to the contemporary economic systems, to make them more just and more ecological. This article presents the most important elements of the biblical economics and considers their relevance for the sphere of human labour in the perspective of the oncoming crisis. Research methods encompass analysis of the presentations developed within the World Council of Churches as well as some sociological diagnosis concerning professional and wage work. en_ZA
dc.description.department New Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Kopiec, P., 2019, ‘The idea of the Biblical economics: Utopia or chance in the face of the contemporary transformations of the sphere of work’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 75(4), a5164. https://DOI.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5164. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v75i4.5164
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/76047
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Biblical economics en_ZA
dc.subject Human labour en_ZA
dc.subject World Council of Churches (WCC) en_ZA
dc.subject Professional work en_ZA
dc.subject Wage work en_ZA
dc.title The idea of the Biblical economics : Utopia or chance in the face of the contemporary transformations of the sphere of work en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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