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God Knows There's NeedChristian Responses to Poverty$
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Susan R. Holman

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195383621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195383621.001.0001

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Living Crunchy and Doing Right(s)

Living Crunchy and Doing Right(s)

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God Knows There's Need

Susan R. Holman

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the paradigm of “sharing the world” with a focus on modern models of giving, divestment, and hospitality. Those who live in the modern West are often faced with an overwhelming variety of charitable and philanthropic options and opportunities to engage in relief and religious responses to poverty and need. Without advising any one particular path of response, the chapter here explores the challenges that face those who desire to make lifestyle decisions that are appropriate to one's personal situations. Drawing from personal narrative, Catholic social thought on “the common good,” the modern ideology of human rights, and early Christian canons on how to treat the poor and needy, this chapter offers images for a refreshed view of sharing the world.

Keywords:   sharing, divestment, giving, hospitality, Catholic social thought, early Christian canons, charity, philanthropy

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