Reason & Purpose

Dear Friends

Welcome to the CCMJ web site.

“We read the Gospel as if we had no money, and we spend our money as if we know nothing of the Gospel.”

The ecumenical theologian Jurgen Moltmann responded to CCMJ with these telling words: “The neglect of economics is a wound in the side of the church.”

‘The synonym for usury is ruin.” Samuel Johnson

The topic of economics is exceedingly difficult to talk about in the First World churches, more taboo than politics or even sex. Yet no aspect of our individual and corporate lives is more crucial in determining human welfare. And few subjects are more frequently addressed in our scriptures.

The standard of economic and social justice is woven into the warp and weft of the Bible. Pull this strand and the whole fabric unravels. We have spiritualised and individualised all the great themes that are about inclusive mutuality.”

– The Biblical Vision of Sabbath Economics by Ched Myers

These are the matters associates in CCMJ investigate in the light of their contemporary search for social, economic and political sanity. This opening comment is extended in the address I gave at Greenbelt on 29th August 2005.

Burdens of debt at personal, corporate, national and international levels and the disregard of biblical teaching on usury are conspiring to create immense social disease…

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