Original Research - Special Collection: HTS 75th Anniversary Maake Masango Dedication

The idea of the Biblical economics: Utopia or chance in the face of the contemporary transformations of the sphere of work

Piotr Kopiec
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 4 | a5164 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i4.5164 | © 2019 Piotr Kopiec | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 June 2018 | Published: 11 February 2019


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Abstract

The future of labour appears as one of the crucial themes of the sociological and economic reflections. Sociologists and economists proclaim a shrinking scope of labour and, consequently, a certain elitism of jobs. In their opinion, professional work will be a privilege for those who are more skilled and better educated, and those who are able to face the challenges of the rapid technological progress. This will be causing an unknown future of the reality of both common unemployment and enforced idleness, and, consequently, a deep social transformation. Questions related to human labour from the very beginning are an important field of involvement for the ecumenical movement. Theologians and churchmen of different Christian confessions, while striving for unity, put the stress on the common reflection and activity in order to counteract poverty and unemployment. An example is a biblical economics developed in the ecumenical movement, an attempt to apply both some specific biblical economic ideas and biblical general model of economic relations to the contemporary economic systems, to make them more just and more ecological. This article presents the most important elements of the biblical economics and considers their relevance for the sphere of human labour in the perspective of the oncoming crisis. Research methods encompass analysis of the presentations developed within the World Council of Churches as well as some sociological diagnosis concerning professional and wage work.

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work; professional; technology; ecumenical movement; biblical economics

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