Title: Jesus the Economist: Envisioning God’s Economy of Solidarity and Equality to Global Resilience
Stream: Religion - Religion and Education
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Simon Peter Balanquit, San Beda College-Alabang, Philippines
Throughout the earthly life of Jesus, he spoke regularly about wealth, possession, ownership, poverty, and even the economy's taxes. As a result, multiple interpretations of Jesus as an economist have emerged: some believe He was a socialist, while others believe He was a capitalist. This paper is a case study of the historical Jesus that focuses on understanding Jesus as an economist by envisioning God’s economy not by placing Him into a single economic system of being a capitalist or socialist, specifically on how Jesus as an economist contribute significantly to global recovery and resilience in present time. To put it into context, God’s economy is seeing the entire world as God’s household, all creation of God belongs to God’s household. In God's economy, Jesus was concerned about solidarity and equality, not with the profit of a single individual or group, but with the wellbeing of all, as recounted in the scriptures. Regardless of the economic system we follow, this pandemic has presented a variety of issues. These issues have an impact on the economy of the country and lead to increasingly dangerous crises, injustices, and inequities among the population. As a result, every nation is attempting to recover economically, and every country hopes for global recovery and resilience. Reconnecting to Jesus’ teachings and examples on solidarity and equality is a focal point to global resilience.
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