Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Almighty and the Dollar: Reflections on Economic Justice for All

Academic journal article Theological Studies

The Almighty and the Dollar: Reflections on Economic Justice for All

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THE ALMIGHTY AND THE DOLLAR: REFLECTIONS ON ECONOMIC JUSTICE FOR ALL. Edited by Mark J. Allman. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2012. Pp. 281. $27.95.

The impetus for this book was the editor's desire to mark the 25th anniversary of the US bishops' pastoral letter, Economic Justice for All (EJA). This well-conceived collection builds on EJA and does not merely summarize or reiterate its points.

The volume is divided into three parts: (1) a substantial excerpt of the original pastoral letter; (2) four essays dealing with foundational aspects of economic justice; and (3) five essays that address topics inadequately addressed in the original letter. Two additional essays completed post-publication are available online.

Those two essays are of particular interest, since they were written by principals involved in the original formulation of the letter: Rembert Weakland, chair of the episcopal drafting committee, and John Donahue who served as a consulting scholar in the writing of EJA. An essay by David Hollenbach, another academic consultant, is also included in the book.

Weakland reflects on what would have to change if a similar letter were to be written today. He accepts the challenges/ criticisms that authors in part 3 make of the pastoral's shortcomings--for example, neglect of migration and race. …

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