Dr. Kenneth Barnes
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Professor | Economist | Historian | Speaker
- Mockler-Phillips Chair, Workplace Theology & Business Ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
- Inaugural Dean, Marketplace Institute, Ridley College, Melbourne, AU
- Tutor, Business Studies, Theology & Religious Studies, Oxford Univ.
- Fellow, European SPES (Spirituality in Economics & Society) Institute in Leuven, Belgium
- 25 years as a senior international executive for multiple multi-billion dollar companies, doing business on six continents.
- Bi-vocational pastor in both the US and UK, where he holds dual-citizenship.
- Chaplain and mentor to international graduate students at Oxford University.
- Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture (Regent’s Park College, Oxford)
- European SPES Institute
- Ridley College (Melbourne, Australia)
- The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (founded in 1754, Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin and Stephen Hawking are notable past Fellows)
For good or ill, the capitalism we have, is the capitalism we’ve chosen, says Dr. Kenneth Barnes. And it works, but not for everyone and the challenge before us is not to change its structure, but to address the moral vacuum at the core of its current practice. This book explores the history and workings of this (sometimes brutal) economic system, investigates the effects of postmodernism and unpacks biblical teachings on work and wealth. Barnes envisions a more just and flourishing capitalism, built not on the folly of naked self-interest, but on the sure foundations of faith, hope and love.
Barnes barrels through the history of modern capitalism, beginning with Adam Smith, touching on Marx’s incisive critique of capitalism’s excesses, diving into Max Weber and the Protestant ethic, and finally landing with an analysis of what he calls “postmodern capitalism” that includes sections on the Occupy movement and Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.
Other Books by This author
Light from the Dreaming Spires (Sept, 2017)
An Interview on Redeeming Capitalism
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