The financial crisis of 2007/8 was predicted by former bishop Peter Selby in his seminal book Grace and Mortgage, which offered a compelling theological case for the cancellation of debt. Yet most of the responses and proposed remedies to the current crisis involve debt of one sort another. Where is the voice of faith in today’s critical debates?
An Idol Unmasked offers a brilliant new critique of what money becomes when you allow its principal creators to be private companies rather than the sovereign authority.
Within that exploration are expositions of parables and fundamental Christian doctrines which show that there is wisdom within the Christian tradition suited to reflection on money, as well as proposals for remedies and for action by Christians and by churches.
Peter Selby was Bishop of Worcester and Bishop for Prisons, and is currently a member of the directing team for the St Paul’s Institute.