Jesus, social reform and virtuoso religion: a study of Jesus’ practice and teaching concerning wealth and poverty on the basis of selected Gospel passages and social-scientific approaches

Mills, L. (2014) Jesus, social reform and virtuoso religion: a study of Jesus’ practice and teaching concerning wealth and poverty on the basis of selected Gospel passages and social-scientific approaches. Ph.D. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Abstract

This study demonstrates, by the application of a selection of social science models on a selection of gospel passages, the usefulness of those models for better understanding the teachings of the Jesus movement on wealth and poverty and what Jesus hoped to achieve by these teachings. It shows that sociological models are generally useful for approaching the gospels because they facilitate understanding by formulating new questions about ancient material and highlighting perhaps previously unnoticed themes or concerns. It further offers the opinion that the Virtuoso Religion model is the most useful for doing this and as such will be the most useful for providing an understanding of what Jesus envisioned for the future of society in anticipation of the imminent Kingdom. The model supports Jesus’ preaching on wealth and day-to-day expressions of those opinions as methods by which he might influence the attitudes of others, especially the rich and powerful, adjusting their focus from love of wealth to love for God and neighbour.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible > BS1901 New Testament > BS2280 Works about the New Testament > BS2415 The teachings of Jesus
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV4485 Practical religion. The Christian life
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Andrew Hudson
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 15:33
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 09:55
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/13037

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