It seems that others share my frustration about the schedule for this week’s conference. I had a look at the conference poster and realised that Goodchild isn’t even listed.
In other news, the recently published To Serve God and Wal-Mart: The Making of Christian Free Enterprise seems to strike exactly the kind of critical tone that we should be striving for. I have to confess that I haven’t actually read the book, but a very good interview can be found here (it’s the show for 6 June 2009).
The schedule for the Centre for Theology and Philosophy’s conference, ”Christian Social Teaching and the Politics of Money: An International Conference on Religion and the Recession,’ has been posted here. The idea behind the conference is compelling, as is the attempt to address the issue from a variety of perspectives. Including economists and politicians in the list of speakers is to be commended.
Less commendable is the fact that Philip Goodchild is not giving a keynote address. It seems ridiculous that someone who has written two challenging and well received books isn’t afforded the time to outline his challenging position. Oh well. It’s sure to be an interesting mix of Redy Toryism, leftism without the call to action, and people pretending that conservative religious movements don’t often lead to fascist positions.