The Gift Must Always Move: An Interview with Ched Myers on Sabbath Economics

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Date: 
Tuesday, 1 January 2002

Inward/Outward, Winter, pp 1ff. 5 pp.

KM: Ched, what do you mean when you say “Sabbath Economics?” Aren’t those two words contradictory? Isn’t “Sabbath” about letting go and receiving and “economics” about attaining and possessing? How do they fit together?

CM: You are certainly correct in your impression that these two terms, when viewed from the vantage point of current economic orthodoxies, would seem to be mutually exclusive. I have put them together, however, precisely to argue that economics for Christians must be reinterpreted in the light of the central biblical tradition of keeping Sabbath. Conversely, I contend that Sabbath is at its core an economic ethic, not just a spiritual one.

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