The Winter 2016 issue, “Creating Common Good: Theological Perspectives on Economic Inequality and Human Flourishing,” was edited by Sathianathan Clarke, Ian T. Douglas, and Kathryn Tanner. The issue includes addresses and papers from the 2015 Trinity Institute as well as articles offering theological perspectives on economic inequality in the world today. Addresses by Archbishop Justin Welby, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Juliet B. Schor are followed by three essays from the Trinity Institute essay competition: in his winning essay Willis Jenkins asks, “Is Plutocracy Sinful?” while Amaryah Jones-Armstrong discusses race and dispossession in “The Spirit and the Subprime” and Scott Bader-Saye writes of the role of the theological imagination in revisioning world economies. Luke Bretherton offers reflections on the challenges of confronting the power of money to shape our common life, and Beverly Eileen Mitchell concludes the articles section with “The Struggle for Human Dignity in a Consumer-Oriented Culture.”
The two Practicing Theology essays included in this issue are both written by bishops and thus offer a perspective of what the church is doing at the diocesan level: “The AGAPE Economy” by Julio E. Murray speaks to the situation in Panama and Latin American, while “Co-Creating the Common Good” by Ian T. Douglas addresses how the church in Connecticut is seeking to collaborate in the mission of God in their context of extreme inequality within that state.
Guest editor Kathryn Tanner provides the review article for this issue, surveying a number of recent publications dealing with the causes and effects of economic inequality and recommending books for further reading. As always, the Winter 2016 issue also includes poetry and book reviews.
The Anglican Theological Review is a quarterly journal of theological reflection within the Episcopal Church USA and the Anglican Church of Canada. In the spirit of sound learning that has been a hallmark of Anglicanism worldwide, its aim is to foster scholarly excellence and thoughtful conversation in and for the church. The journal is committed to creative intellectual engagement with Christian tradition and interdisciplinary inquiry that includes literature and the arts, philosophy, and science.