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Send Lazarus: Catholicism and the Crises of Neoliberalism

Send Lazarus: Catholicism and the Crises of Neoliberalism

by Matthew T. Eggemeier, Peter Joseph Fritz

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Overview

Contrary to Catholicism's commitment to mercy, today's dominant global economic and cultural system, neoliberal capitalism, demands that life be led as a series of sacrifices to the market. Central is treatment of four neoliberal-perpetuated and -exacerbated crises: environmental destruction, slum proliferation, mass incarceration, and mass deportation.


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ISBN-13: 9780823288007
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Series: Catholic Practice in North America
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,058,005
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Matthew T. Eggemeier (Author)
Matthew T. Eggemeier is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, where he teaches courses on Catholic social teaching, political theology, and liberation theology. He is the author of A Sacramental-Prophetic Vision: Christian Spirituality in a Suffering World (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014) and Against Empire: Ekklesial Resistance and the Politics of Radical Democracy, Theopolitical Visions series (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2020).

Peter Joseph Fritz (Author)
Peter Joseph Fritz is associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has taught varied courses in modern Catholic theology, the history of Christianity since the Reformation, Catholic social teaching, theological aesthetics, and theology and art. He is author of Karl Rahner’s Theological Aesthetics (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2014) and Freedom Made Manifest: Rahner’s Fundamental Option and Theological Aesthetics (Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2019).

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations | ix

Introduction | 1
Introducing Neoliberalism, 2 • Catholic Critique of Neoliberalism, 4 •
Chapter Outlines, 7 • Send Lazarus, 11

Part I : Catholic Social Thought and the Economy

1 Catholic Social Thought against Economism | 15
Modern Catholic Social Thought, 17 • John Paul II on
Economism, 20 • Benedict XVI: Against an Impersonal
Economy, 33 • Francis: No to a Faceless Economy, 46 •
Papal Continuity, 56

Part II: Neoliberalism

2 Neoliberal Capitalism | 65
Neoliberalism as PoliticalEconomy, 66 •
Neoliberalism as Common Sense, 76 •
Ethos of Mercilessness, 86

3 Sacrifice, Race, and Indifference | 94
Sacrifice Zones, Earth, and Slums, 96 • Racial Neoliberalism,
Mass Incarceration, and Mass Deportation, 110 •
Neoliberalism as Culture of Indifference, 123

Part III: Catholic Mercy in a Neoliberal Age

4 A Theology of Mercy | 133
Trinity, Mystery, and Mercy, 134 • Anthropology, Ecclesiology,
and Mercy, 144 • The Works and the Politics of Mercy, 153

5 The Politics of Mercy against Neoliberal Sacrifice | 164
Universal Destination of Goods, 165 • Visit the Sick, 167 •
Give Food, Drink, and Clothing, 175 • Abolitionism, 180 •
Ransom the Captive, 188 • Welcome the Stranger, 195

Conclusion: For Holistic Mercy | 205

Acknowledgments| 209

Notes | 211

Bibliography | 245

Index | 269

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