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Reforming the Morality of Usury : A Study of the Differences That Separated the Protestant Reformers - David W. Jones

Reforming the Morality of Usury

A Study of the Differences That Separated the Protestant Reformers

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Published: 28th January 2004
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In the early years of the sixteenth century, the Church experienced a dramatic shift in its moral perception of the practice of usury. Leaders of the continental Protestant Reformation (Lutheran, Calvinist, and Anabaptist) all grappled with the Roman Catholic Church's moral teaching on the practice of lending money at interest. Although these three theological streams addressed the same moral problem, at relatively the same time, they each responded differently. Reforming the Morality of Usury examines how the leaders of each major stream in the continental Protestant Reformation adopted a different approach to reforming moral teaching on the practice of usury.

A succinctly written primer ... Jones has written a respectable book about an important subject. -- Lawrence M. Stratton, Princeton Theological Seminary Journal of Markets & Morality Jones has done an excellent job of compiling and analyzing sources ... A concise but superb history of changes in Judeo / Christian thought. -- Jeanne Boeh, Augsburg College Till and Keep well-written, succinct, well-organized and well-documented book. -- Olaf Roynesdal Lutheran Quarterly, East Side Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota In this concise, clearly organized, and accessible text, filled with copious and thorough footnotes...Written in an easy, readable language, with introductions and concluding paragraphs pinpointing the author's central preoccupations and conclusions in each essay. -- Bernie A. Van de Walle, Alliance University College Sixteenth Century Journal ... Jones' main contribution lies in his articulation of the connections that he sees between the Protestant reformers' views on usury and their views on Church and culture relationships... Jones provides a useful addition to the modern literature on the ancient topic of the morality of usury. -- Lee E. Erickson, Economics, Taylor University Christian Scholar's Review Concise, clearly organized, and accessible...filled with copious and thorough footnotes. -- Bernie A. Van de Walle, Alliance University College Sixteenth Century Journal

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction: The Pivot Point for a Key Moral Doctrinep. 1
The Moral Doctrine of Usuryp. 3
Thesisp. 6
Relevancy for the Modern Church and Contemporary Christian Ethicsp. 7
The Doctrine of Usury Prior to the Protestant Reformationp. 17
The Pillars of the Ecclesiastical Prohibition of Usuryp. 18
The Scriptural Pillar: Hebrew thought on the Morality of Usuryp. 18
The Philosophical Pillar: Greco-Roman Thought on the Morality of Usuryp. 22
Platop. 22
Aristotlep. 23
The Historical Pillar: Early Christian Thought on the Morality of Usuryp. 25
Church Fathersp. 25
Church Councilsp. 30
The Shift in Moral Thought Concerning Usuryp. 34
Martin Luther's Approach to Reforming the Morality of Usuryp. 45
Luther's View of Church/Culture Relationsp. 46
Luther's Early View of Church/Culture Relationsp. 48
Luther's Later View of Church/Culture Relationsp. 49
Luther's Ethics of Usuryp. 51
Luther's Early Ethics of Usuryp. 52
Luther's Later Ethics of Usuryp. 55
Summaryp. 60
John Calvin's Approach to Reforming the Morality of Usuryp. 71
Calvin's View of Church/Culture Relationsp. 73
Calvin's Ethics of Usuryp. 78
Calvin's Prohibition of Usuryp. 79
Calvin's Allowance of Usuryp. 81
Calvin and the Historical Argument Against Usuryp. 81
Calvin and the Philosophical Argument Against Usuryp. 82
Calvin and the Scriptural Argument Against Usuryp. 84
Summaryp. 87
The Anabaptists' Approach to Reforming the Morality of Usuryp. 99
The Anabaptists' View of Church/Culture Relationsp. 101
The Anabaptists' Ethics of Usuryp. 106
Summaryp. 110
Conclusion: Review, Analysis, and Applicationp. 125
Analysisp. 129
Applicationp. 134
Bibliographyp. 141
Indexp. 159
About the Authorp. 165
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ISBN: 9780761827498
ISBN-10: 0761827498
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 28th January 2004
Publisher: University Press of America
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.25