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Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions. By Craig L. Blomberg. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999, 300 pp., paperback.

March 26, 2012

One of the fast growing problems today is poverty. Various solutions have been tried to solve this global problem: socialism, capitalism, liberation theology, prosperity theology, and others. Yet all these attempts, according to Craig Blomberg, lack of solid scriptural supports. Several evangelical scholars have also produced works that address this whole issue of poverty,[1] but for Blomberg none of these works really provides a biblical theology of wealth and poverty.[2] Hence, he completed a well researched volume Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions. In a sense this book is an attempt to offer a balanced biblical answer to this universal dilemma.

 

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        [1] See, for example, Ronald J. Sider’s Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger (1977); David Chilton’s Productive Christians in an Age of Guilt Manipulators: A Biblical Response to Ronald J. Sider (1981); and John Schneider’s Godly Materialism: Rethinking Money and Possessions (1994). The last two books critique Sider’s work, and Blomberg says that his initial study “led to conclusions that charted a middle ground between Sider and his critics” (p. 28).

        [2] According to Blomberg even Gene A. Getz’s A Biblical Theology of Material Possessions (1990) falls short of providing a real biblical theology of the subject, for, while it examines the New Testament in detail, it only examines the Old Testament in passing.

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