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Power and the Spirit of GodToward an Experience-Based Pneumatology$
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Bernard Cooke

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174519

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174518.001.0001

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The Power of Wealth

The Power of Wealth

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(p.83) 6 The Power of Wealth
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Power and the Spirit of God
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Bernard Cooke

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195174518.003.0007

While wealth has always provided power, this has increased in modern times when wealth has become a basic source of influence. With increased globalization, the disparity between rich and poor has widened and more and more wealth has passed into corporate control. Opposing the values of an economic system that subordinates persons to profit, Christianity, guided by the Spirit, advocates the primacy of people. Wealth in itself is not evil, it has the power to better human life, but it often leads to oppression of the poor. In contrast, Christianity proposes the ideal of evangelical poverty.

Keywords:   corporate, globalization, wealth, poverty, profit

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