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Ecumenical Babel

Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church’s Social Witness
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A critical engagement of the ecumenical movement’s approach to ethical and economic issues, Ecumenical Babel updates a line of criticism articulated by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Paul Ramsey, and Ernest W. Lefever. Arguing for the continuing importance of Christian ecumenism, Jordan J. Ballor seeks to correct the errors created by the imposition of economic ideology onto the social witness of ecumenical Christianity as represented by the Lutheran World Federation, the newly formed World Communion of Reformed Churches, and the World Council of Churches. Ecumenical Babel is a voice for sustained ecumenical dialogue, vital ecclesiastical witness, and individual Christian conscience.

“With Ecumenical Babel Jordan J. Ballor gives us a much needed consideration of modern ecumenism. In particular he grapples with this daunting question: whether ecumenical bodies indeed speak for the church in their pronouncements on the hot-button social issues of the day. Wedding compassion with clear-headed thinking, Ballor questions whether ecumenical bodies may rightfully make such assertions on behalf of God’s people, and – more to the point – whether ecumenism is getting its economics right.” 

Victor V. Claar, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, Henderson State University
Coauthor, Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices

About Jordan J. Ballor

Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute, where he also serves as executive editor of the Journal of Markets & Morality. He is author of Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness, and is as a general editor of the Sources in Early Modern Ethics, Economics, and...

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Praise for Ecumenical Babel

“Jordan Ballor calls for leaders of the largest Christian ecumenical organizations to stop endorsing neo-Marxist hermeneutics as the presumed framework for Christian professions of social theory and practice worldwide. He appeals to Bonhoeffer and Paul Ramsey in making a case for welcoming...

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