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Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism$
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Kathryn Tanner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300219036

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300219036.001.0001

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Nothing but the Present

Nothing but the Present

(p.102) 4 Nothing but the Present
Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism

Kathryn Tanner

Yale University Press

With special attention to the effects of scarcity, this chapter investigates the causes and consequences of a preoccupation with the present in the lives of both workers and the indebted poor, and of the short-termism typical of finance-dominated capitalism. It lays out the different reasons for Christian attention to an urgent present, along with the different effects of the Christian understanding of the present.

Keywords:   Debt, Poverty, Scarcity, Short-termism

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