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The Church and Globalization

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Economic globalization has lifted millions out of dire poverty and is an unparalelled engine of wealth creation. But, like other economic systems, it needs the moral framework that the Church provides to guide it as a humane force for good. Brian Griffiths, vice chairman of Goldman Sachs International, examines the role of faith in a rapidly globalizing world in this excerpt from his new Acton monograph.

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Jonathan Spalink


  • Re.Bartholomew Segu

    This is a very wonderful article that deals with contemporary issues.The article also gives answers to those issues.May GOD continue blessing it and those who will read it.
    Bartholomew Segu from Tanzania.

  • Jude Chua Soo Meng

    What a nice piece! Look forward to reading the whole monograph.

  • Roger McKinney

    It’s nice to hear from someone so high on the corporate ladder of an international organization who is a committed Christian. Of course private enterprise offers the solution to poverty, but first the governments of poor countries must get out of the way. Africa, for example, sends about $90 billion each year for safe keeping in Europe and the US out of fear that the governments in Africa will steal it. The answer to poverty does lie with governments, but in ending government obstruction of free enterprise.

  • Rodolfo J. Giron

    Great extract of how the church should considers its share in the growth of globalization. Not just by attacking it but by looking inside how the chruch can capitalize the benefits of globalization in pro of the poor and less priviledged.

    I would like to have the whole monography.