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Handbook of Research on Development and Religion

This is a landmark book highlighting the critical role that the world’s religions are playing in the processes of economic and social development. Far too little research on the role religions play in processes of economic and social change, despite being significant in identity formation and cohesion, inculcating social values, and as a motivating force for positive change.
Reviewed by Bruce Duncan

Note: the paperback edition is now available for 45 pounds or about US$70.

 

Scanning the Signs of the Times

The inspiring story of the re-awakening of the Catholic Church in France in the early 20th century through the medium of seven Dominican theologians who profoundly influenced the Second Vatican Council.

Reviewed by Brian Lewis.



 


Santamaria’s Salesman: The National Catholic Rural Movement 1959-1961

Santamaria’s Salesman: The National Catholic Rural Movement 1959-1961
Kevin Peoples has written a truly remarkable book, shedding light on one of the most perplexing periods in our nation’s short history and its religious and social movements.
Reviewed by Bruce Duncan.







John Howard: Lazarus Rising

With no hint of regret or apology, former Prime Minister John Howard has defended his decision to join the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Reviewed by Bruce Duncan.






Catholic critiques of globalisation

Catholic critiques of globalisation John Sniegocki, Catholic Social Teaching and Economic Globalization: the Quest for Alternatives (2009).
Sniegocki has emerged as a significant contributor to debates about the ethics of economics in the United States, and this work fills a surprising void in the literature relating Catholic social thought to recent economic crises. Reviewed by Bruce Duncan.





Lively history of Quaker service

Lively history of Quaker service Through Quaker friends I have some inkling of the spirit of concern and opening towards others that leads to prison visitation, involvement in the aftermath of war and care for the poorest. But I sought in vain for more precise answers in the history of Quakers' involvement in aid and development projects over the last 50 years. Reviewed by Dr Paul Rule.

 






Barack Obama. The Audacity of Hope

The Audacity of HopeBarack Obama details his vision for renewed social policies in the United States, based more firmly on his aspirations for social justice and the common good, rather than placating powerful special interest groups. In his 2006 book, Audacity of Hope, he reveals how much his views overlap with Christian social thinking. Review by Bruce Duncan.




Creating a World Without Poverty:

Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

Creating a World Without Povertyby Muhammad Yunus, founder of the fabulously successful Grameen Bank , explains how its principles can transform capitalism. Review by B. Duncan.







The Three Trillion Dollar War


The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of The Iraq Conflict The Three Trillion Dollar War: The True Cost of The Iraq Conflict The Three Trillion Dollar War: the True Cost of the Iraq Conflict,
by leading economists Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes (2008). This is an astonishing account of the financial consequences of the Iraq War. It raises disturbing questions about political accountability. Review by B. Duncan.





Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planetby Jeffrey Sachs (2008). UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, appointed Sachs to coordinate the large group of economists working to develop and detail the Millennium Development Goals. Despite the problems with climate change, Sachs argues that the world can still make unprecedented progress in eliminating hunger and the most acute poverty.
Review by B. Duncan.

 




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