Eat, Drink and Be Merry, for Tomorrow We Live is a collection of essays by a world authority of Christianity and global ethics. They are intellectually rigorous, but written in non-technical language for the thoughtful reader. They deal with the exhaustion of the Western Christian tradition and its need to “cross boundaries” if it is to find renewal; differences and similarities between those who set out to reform the global economy and those who reject it wholesale; ways of doing social theology or social ethics; and some of the challenges made by faith traditions in the “South” to the mainstream development tradition. Many recurring themes in the book arise from the continuing tradition of Christian Realism, requiring us to take full account of the worst as well as the best in human nature.
Michael Taylor not only explores issues that have been neglected from an interfaith perspective, but also engages with development practitioners and tries to contribute to the ongoing debate as to how poverty reduction and human development should be tackled.
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- Examination of why the North should be interested in development
- Insights on how to respond to highly divergent views about the effects of the global economy
- Advice to Christian campaigners and demonstrators
- Title: Eat, Drink and Be Merry, for Tomorrow We Live: Studies in Christianity and Development
- Author: Michael Taylor
- Publisher: Continuum International
- Publication Date: 2005
- Pages: 168
About Michael Taylor
Michael Taylor, a Baptist Minister, was previously the director of Christian aid, president of the Jubilee 2000 UK Debt Campaign, and director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue. He is currently an emeritus professor of social theology at the University of Birmingham.