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Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Resources for a Christian approach to business


Jeff Van Duzer 2010.  Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed) Downers Grove: IVP Academic.

Bob Goudzwaard
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Wayne Grudem 2003. Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Books, 2003.

Peter Heslam:
2002. Business &Freedom, Gospel & Our Culture Network, Summer 2002
2003. Global Economic Justice & The Sabbath Principle, Greenbelt Insight, Oct 2003
Online resources by Peter Heslam, the director of Transforming Business, that relate to the transformative role of business include the following:
  • 'Transformative Business', Spirit in Work, issue 3, Jan 2005. Briefly introduces Transforming Business at the launch of the project. Here.
  • 'George and the Chocolate Factory' - on the transformative potential of the chocolate industry. The articles recalls the work of George Cadbury and was sparked by the launch of the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sept 2005.Here.
  • 'The Corporation' - on the film The Corporation, which infuriated many business leaders because of its sheer negativity about big business. Peter Heslam used this opportunity to provoke a more fruitful discussion about the role of business in today's complex world. Connecting with Culture, Nov 2005. Here.
  • 'Standing up to Big Business' - on David Cameron, the leader of the Conservative Party in the UK, who claimed that as Prime Minister he would stand up to big business. Connecting with Culture, Jan 2006. Here.
  • 'Ending the History of Poverty', Spirit in Work, issue 6, March 2006. Here.
  • 'Prosperity Through Economic Empowerment', Faith in Business, vol 10.1 (Spring 2006). Here.
  • Review of John Ashcroft and Michael Schluter (eds) Jubilee Manifesto, Faith in Business, vol 10.1 (Spring 2006).Here.
  • 'Buffeting the Gates of Heaven: Can Philanthropy save the Poor, or only the Rich?', Faith in Business, vol 10.2 (Summer 2006). Here.
  • 'Enterprise Solutions to Climate Change', Spirit in Work, issue 7, July 2006. Here.
  • 'Musings of a Market Moralist' - an interview with Dr John Meadowcroft (Institute of Economic Affairs) about his bookThe Ethics of the Market (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006), Enterprise Excellence, 2. Here.
  • 'A Convenient Truth' - a response both to Richard Branson's pledge to give Virgin profits to developing green technology and to An Inconvenient Truth, the film by Al Gore, Connecting with Culture, Sept 2006. Here.
  • 'Banking on the Poor: The Banker who is Changing the World, One Micro-Loan at a Time', Faith in Business, vol 10.3 (Autumn 2006). Here.
  • 'An Affluence for Good' - prompted by the decision by the Governor of the Bank of England to print an image of Adam Smith on new £20 notes, Connecting with Culture, Nov 2006. Here.
  • 'Doing Business with Purpose' - reflecting on the legacy of the Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman on the occasion of his death, Connecting with Culture, Nov 2006. Here.
  • 'Universal Affluence: Adam Smith's Radical Vision', Spirit in Work, issue 8, Dec 2006. Here.
  • 'William Wilberforce: How Transforming Business can Turn the Tide of History', Faith in Business, vol 10.4 (Winter 2006-07). Here.
  • 'Setting the Captives Free' - a reflection on the relationship between spirituality, enterprise and poverty alleviation, drawing on the vision of William Wilberforce, Connecting with Culture, March 2007. Here.
  • 'Entering the Circle of Exchange: Catholic Social Teaching and the Role of Business in the Eradication of Poverty', co-authored with Ben Andradi (CEO of Servita). Published on the website of the John Ryan Institute, University of St Thomas, Minnesota, USA. Here.
  • 'Can Christianity give a Positive Value to Wealth: An Engagement with the Early Church Fathers. Published on the Transforming Business website here.
  • 'Flirting with Corruption' - a discussion of the development implications of Paul Wolfowitz's admission that he showed favouritism towards an employee who was also his female companion, Connecting with Culture, April 2007.Here.
  • 'A Silent Revolution' - a reflection on the way in business is embracing social and environmental concerns as a strategic opportunity, Connecting with Culture, July 2007. Here.
  • 'The Emerging Wisdom-Based Economy', Spirit in Work, issue 9, July 2007. Here.
  • Anita Roddick - a tribute to Britain's most successful female entrepreneur, Connecting with Culture, Sept 2007.Here.
  • 'Tomorrow's Global Company: Rewarding Humility', Faith in Business, vol 11.1 (Sept 2007). Here.
  • 'Enterprise with Attitude: Anita Roddick, Great Dame of British Business, Faith in Business, vol 11.2 (November 2007). Here.
  • 'The Business of Peace: The Role of Commerce in Peace-Building', Faith in Business, vol 11.3 (Autumn 2007) Here.
  • 'Thrift as Solution to the Credit Crisis', Faith in Business, vol 12.1 (October 2008). Here.
  • 'Unleashing Entrepreneurship' - a reflection during Global Entrepreneurship Week on the role of entrepreneurship within the current economic malaise Connecting with Culture, Nov 2008. Here.
  • 'Creating Wealth to Build Peace' - prompted by the 2009 New Year message on peace through commerce by Pope Benedict XVI, Connecting with Culture, Jan 2009. Here.
  • 'Entrepreneurship: Spreading the Spirit of Enterprise', Faith in Business, vol 12.2 (January 2009). Here.
  • 'Magnanimity and Magnificence: Entepreneurial Responses to the Economic Crisis, Faith in Business Quarterly, vol 12.3 (May 2009). Here.
  • 'From eBay to Social Entrepreneurship' - on Jeff Skoll, the founder of eBay, Connecting with Culture, 27 March 2009. Here.
  • 'How I Caused the Credit Crunch', Connecting with Culture, 1 May 2009. Here.
    'Godly Globalization: Why do faith and business seem to go together like oil and water? New Wine magazine, Autumn 2009, pp. 42-43. Here.
  • 'The MBA Oath', Connecting with Culture, 2 October 2009. Here.
  • 'Getting Tough on Poverty: How pocket-sized solar panels and investments in agriculture are changing the fortunes of Africa', Faith in Business Quarterly, 12.4 (Dec 2009). Here.
  • 'Democracy is Changing', Connecting with Culture, 16 April 2010. Here.
  • Transforming Capitalism: Entrepreneurship and the Renewal of Thrift (Grove Books, 2010). At only 32 pages, this book is designed for busy people and is available either for download as an ebook (click here) or as a hard copy (clickhere).

G. J. de Klerk 1993. ‘Can the business of any business be only business?’ Integral Christian Scholarship: Exploratory Reflections on the African Situation. Orientation vol 67-70. Potchefstroom: IRS.

L O K Lategan 2003. ‘What is business ethics?’ Journal of Christian Scholarship

L O K Lategan 2004. ‘Good business or good business? The role of values in business Journal of Christian Scholarship

R Paul Stevens 2006. Doing God's Business: Meaning and Motivation for the Marketplace. Grand rapids: Eerdmans.

B. J. van der Walt 1993.6 ‘Do we not perhaps need more than (business) ethics?’. In Window on Business Ethics: a Challenge to Christians/ Venster Op Bestuursetiek. Reeks F3 no 43. Potchefstroom: PU vir CHO.

Kenman Wong and Scott B. Rae 2011. Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace. Downers Grove: IVP Academic.



Journals and Organisations 



Cardus business articles


Faith in Business The Journal of Faith in Business and the Industrial Christian Fellowship




Transforming business – a research and development project based at Cambridge looking at issues such as: 

  • How does the convergence of Christian faith and enterprise help tackle poverty?
  • How do Christian business leaders understand their vocation and how can they inspire and equip those considering a call to business?
  • What would a theology of entrepreneurship look like and what practical value would it have?
  • How does Christian belief and practice foster innovation, integrity, responsible risk-taking and entrepreneurial aspirations, especially amongst young people?



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