Dec. 16 – Al Tizon – Christ Among the Classes [Advent Calendar]

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Christ Among the Classes:
The Rich, the Poor, and the Mission of the Church

Al Tizon

Paperback: Orbis Books, 2023
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“In the end, Tizon proposes that classism, driven by greed for the accumulation and maintenance of wealth, is the greatest evil. He calls for the church to “…identify, confront, repudiate and dismantle classism to be faithful to its mission in the world” (161). As stated at the beginning of this review, this book will be a hard pill to swallow for most. Some may disagree with the level of evil the author attributes to classism. And although some readers may agree with Tizon’s critique of classism, they will fail to complete these movements toward a more just society out of fear of losing their status in society (Tizon admits as much). That withstanding, this book is an important read for non-poor Christians, as it prods and pokes at some strongly-held beliefs about power, wealth, and privilege.”
– from our review by Paul Gregory
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