An Idol Unmasked

A Faith Perspective on Money

Peter Selby

978 0 232 53111 4
Paperback |192 pp |198 x 126 mm
Price: £10.99

978 0 232 53155 8
eBook |156 pp

"Polemic is always provocative. This is a provoking polemic setting out the case for the prosecution as regards the international financial system. Many will disagree with some of its points, but Peter Selby portrays clearly and concisely a theological vision that challenges the role of finance in our economy and ethics. Disagree, I did, be provoked, but hear the voice."

Archbishop Justin Welby

‘When money rules, people and planet suffer, since, as the New Testament has it “the love of money is the root of all evil”. In this
powerful critique of the continuing extension, despite the 2008 financial crash, of the misrule of money into ever more areas of public and private life, Peter Selby offers not only a trenchant critique of contemporary capitalism but also a genuinely hopeful imaginary of a better world and better governance than that of deregulated money power.’

Michael Northcott, University of Edinburgh, Professor of Ethics

The financial crisis of 2007/8 was predicted by former bishop Peter Selby in his seminal book Grace and Mortgage, which offered a compelling theological case for the cancellation of debt. Yet most of the responses and proposed remedies to the current crisis involve debt of one sort another. Where is the voice of faith in today’s critical debates?

An Idol Unmasked offers a brilliant new critique of what money becomes when you allow its principal creators to be private companies rather than the sovereign authority.

Within that exploration are expositions of parables and fundamental Christian doctrines which show that there is wisdom within the Christian tradition suited to reflection on money, as well as proposals for remedies and for action by Christians and by churches.

Peter Selby was Bishop of Worcester and Bishop for Prisons, and is currently a member of the directing team for the St Paul’s Institute.
ISBNs: 9780232531114 978-0-232-53111-4 Title: an idol unmasked ISBNs: 9780232531558 978-0-232-53155-8 Title: an idol unmasked