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He Became Poor
The Poverty of Christ and Aquinas's Economic Teachings
POD; Published: 4/6/2009
ISBN: 978-0-8028-3748-6
Price: $ 28.50
216 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Series: Eerdmans Ekklesia Series (EES)

Drawing deeply on the views of Thomas Aquinas, He Became Poor challenges the modern economic tendency toward the "proprietary self" and calls for a renewed appreciation of the virtues of trusting receptivity and humble awareness of our membership in a larger benevolent order. Christopher Franks reveals how the summons to become poor bestows a new intelligibility on formerly obscure economic teachings. In the course of his discussion Franks juxtaposes Aquinas with Aristotle, John Locke, and Alasdair MacIntyre.

This book makes a provocative case for taking Aquinas's thoughts on economics more seriously and illustrates how the very market conditions of the modern world cloud any attempt to fully understand Aquinas. Franks offers a convincing argument that questioning market-formed assumptions can actually help us recover the evangelical character of Aquinas's ethics.
Reinhard Hütter, Duke Divinity School
"With a style as lucid as it is engaging, Christopher Franks probes by way of an astute interpretation of Aquinas's economic teachings an old revolutionary proposal — Christian poverty. This Christ-configured 'economics' is surpassingly relevant as global capitalism is faced with a cataclysmic collapse. The greatest praise I can give this book is that its author has learned much from Dominicans past and present — not least from Thomas Aquinas — so much indeed that He Became Poor is suffused with the true spirit of Dominican poverty. We have much to learn from this important work."