Rowan Williams and others are launching a new book on theology in relation to economic culture and justice. Here is the video where Williams introduces the book:
"What kind of culture have we allowed to develop? Not only the subculture of financial institutionalism, money makers, but the culture in which that happens, the whole culture of our society. What are the sort of behaviour we reward? What are the kinds of human beings we want to see around and encourage to be around? [...] Have we begun to create a kind of human beings whose default setting is really profoundly selfish, profoundly introverted, and how on earth do we build a society on that kind of basis?The content of the book 'Crisis and Recovery: Ethics, Economics and Justice' is as follow:
So the questions about culture run very deep. [...] What we think is worthwhile in human behaviour? And unless we really tackle that kind of question, really revive our imagination of what human beings might be and should be, then the whole of our economic structure will not really change.
Cultural change begins [...] with behavioural change. And behavioural change begins with a change of vision, a change of horizon, so that the subsidiary question is not only what do we taught people to value and reward, what do we taught people to aim at? Have we shrunk their possibilities, withdrawn in their horizons in a trivial way, a way that done less than justice to what human beings are really capable of?"
Foreword; Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Introduction; Larry Elliott, Economics Editor, The Guardian
Theology and the Nature of Accountability; Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Investment and Public Policy in a Globalized Economy; Lord Robert Skidelsky
Values in an Ethical UK Economy; Jon Cruddas MP with Jonathan Rutherford, Editor, Soundings
Economics and the Shape of Society; Phillip Blond, ResPublica
Ethics in a Service Economy; Adam Lent, Senior Policy Officer, TUC
Investment Banking: The Inevitable Triumph of Incentives Over Ethics – John Reynolds
Culture and the Crisis; Andrew Whittaker, FSA
Marrying the Market with the Environment; Zac Goldsmith
The Financial Crisis and the End of the Hunter Gatherer; Will Hutton, Executive Vice-Chair, The Work Foundation