Research | The “Bad” Samaritan? A View of the Economics of Radical Generosity from Luke 10:25–37

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By Gregory E. Lamb, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Does the radical generosity of Luke 10:25–37 offer Western Christians in consumerist cultures a “bad” example of sound economic practice? How does Luke 10:25–37 impact the economics of global Christianity? This essay argues that Luke 10:25–37 presents a timeless, positive, and universal example of the open-handed, radical generosity contemporary Christians — reflecting upon God’s gifts to us in Christ –are to display in practicing economics, and that such an engaged, hands-on generosity has tangible economic, physical, and missiological benefits. Moreover, such a view intersects faith, work, and economics in at least three key areas: 1) stewardship and flourishing; 2) productivity and opportunity; and 3) responsible action.

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This paper was a finalist in the Intersect Project Ph.D. Student Challenge Symposium. The symposium facilitated broader discussion in the church and academy about the intersection of faith, work and economics.

  • economics
  • PhD Student Challenge Symposium
Ph.D. Symposium

The Intersect Ph.D. Student Challenge Symposium facilitated broader discussion in the church and academy about the intersection of faith, work and economics.

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