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Spirit and Capital in an Age of Inequality brings together a diverse group of scholars, activists, and public intellectuals to consider one of the most pressing issues of our time: increasing inequalities of income and wealth that grate against justice and erode the bonds that hold society together.

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The contributors think through different religious traditions to understand and address inequality. They make practical proposals in relation to concrete situations such as mass incarceration and sweatshops. They also explore the inner experience of life in a society marked by inequality, tracing the contours of stress, hopelessness, and a restless lack of contentment. This book honors the work of Jon P. Gunnemann, who has been a leading scholar at the intersections of religion and economics.

Spirit and Capital in an Age of Inequality will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as scholars of religion and economics. It will be useful to policy-makers and activists seeking a more thorough understanding of the role of religion and theology in public life.

Contributors include:

  • Ted A. Smith (Co-Editor) is Associate Professor of Preaching and Ethics at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology.
  • Robert P. Jones (Co-Editor) is founding CEO of the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).
  • Elizabeth M. Bounds is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University.
  • Keri Day is Associate Professor of Constructive Theology and African American Religion at Princeton Theological Seminary.
  • E.J. Dionne Jr. is a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University.
  • William A. Galston holds the Ezra Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a Senior Fellow.
  • Timothy P. Jackson is Professor of Christian Ethics at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory.
  • Justin J. Latterell is Assistant Professor in the Practice of Sociology of Religion at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and Alonzo L. McDonald Senior Fellow in Law and Religion at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion.
  • Julie Meadows works as a developmental editor and midwife for scholarly writers at her company, The Generous Reader.
  • Jonah Dov Pesner serves as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), a position he has held since 2015. Rabbi Pesner also serves as Senior Vice President of the Union for Reform Judaism.
  • Christine D. Pohl is Professor of Christian Ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary.
  • C. Melissa Snarr is Associate Professor of Ethics & Society at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.
  • Steven M. Tipton is C.H. Candler Professor of Sociology of Religion, Emeritus at Emory University and its Candler School of Theology.
  • Miguel A. De La Torre is Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies at the Iliff School of Theology.
  • Darryl Trimiew is the former founding chair of the department of philosophy and religion at Medger Evers College at the City University of New York; the former Dean of Black Church Studies and John Price Crozer Professor of Christian Ethics at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School; and a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics.
  • John Witte, Jr., is Robert W. Woodruff University Professor of Law, McDonald Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University.

What Others Are Saying:

“This remarkable, timely, and forward-looking collection is much more than a theoretical analysis of why religious ethics should be opposed to great wealth disparities. It offers an astute, fact-based, and fast-paced diagnosis of the often misunderstood factors that drive inequality in the U.S, including the global financial system, race, class, and gender. Authors not only respond with creative theological proposals, they identify practical and effective types of resistance available to religious activists, faith traditions, and faith-based organizations. This is a scholarly book, a hopeful one, and a sure inspiration to anyone seeking a progressive religious politics that can actually get the job done.”
—Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College

“A book that I thought would be hard to read was one I found hard to put down.”
—Kelly Brown Douglas, Episcopal Divinity School at Union

“This volume will serve as a critical guide for years to come.”
—David Saperstein, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and Director Emeritus at the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism

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