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The Economy of Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World

The Economy of Desire: Christianity and Capitalism in a Postmodern World

Daniel M. Bell Jr.

| Baker Academic | 2012

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In this addition to the award-winning Church and Postmodern Culture series, Daniel Bell compares and contrasts capitalism and Christianity, showing how Christianity provides resources for faithfully navigating the postmodern global economy. He approaches capitalism and Christianity as alternative visions of humanity, God, and the good life. Considering faith and economics in terms of how desire is shaped, he casts the conflict as one between different disciplines of desire.

Bell engages the work of two important postmodern philosophers, Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault, to illuminate the nature of the postmodern world that the church currently inhabits. He considers how the global economy deforms desire in a manner that distorts human relations with God and one another. In contrast, he presents Christianity and the tradition of the works of mercy as a way beyond capitalism and socialism, beyond philanthropy and welfare. Christianity heals desire, renewing human relations and enabling communion with God. This book will work well for courses in theology and ethics, philosophical theology, discipleship, and Christianity and culture. Pastors and church leaders will also find it enlightening.

Author Bio

The Rev. Dr. Daniel M. Bell, Jr., is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. A graduate of Stetson University in Florida, he earned the Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School and the Doctor of Philosophy degree (in theology and ethics) from Duke University where he taught several courses at the divinity school and worked with Dr. Stanley Hauerwas as his doctoral advisor. His book, Liberation Theology After the End of History, published by Routledge press in the Radical Orthodoxy series, is based on his dissertation, “The Refusal to Cease Suffering: the Crucified People and the Liberation of Desire.” Prior to joining the Southern Seminary faculty in the Fall of 2000, Dr. Bell was Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Monmouth College in Monmouth, Il. Prior to that, he taught at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC.


This title is also included as a part of the following collection

  1. Church and Postmodern Culture Series (7 vols.)