A Theological Response to a Conflict of Values Involving Poverty, Dominance and Inequalities

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This paper analyzes conflicting aspects of individualism, egalitarianism and complex equality. In the course of our analysis, matters dealing with capitalism and neoclassical economics or economic rationalism are examined, as well as the related rise of individualism and policies emanating from proposals of Friedrich Hayek. Then a theological response to poverty, dominance and inequalities is outlined. Adherence to altruistic Christian teachings will help resolve the values' tensions faced by policymakers.


Keywords: Dominance, Egalitarianism, Individualism, Inequalities, Poverty, Values
Stream: Sociology, Geography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Theological Response to a Conflict of Values Involving Poverty, Dominance and Inequalities, A


Dr. Donald Keith Gates

Doctoral Scholar, Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I am a retired Salvation Army Officer with a total service of forty-six years. During thirty-seven plus years of active service I was engaged in appointments in a number of fields including education, management, pastoral, ministry, chaplaincy and social service. My active service included nine years in Papua New Guinea. Apart from studies that include ministry, theology and education, I have obtained the following academic awards, B.Ec.(UNE), B.Soc.Sc.(UNE), M.Ed.Admin.(NSW), M.Litt. with High Distinction,(UNE). I am currently a Doctoral Scholar at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management under the supervision of Professor Peter Steane (co-author of the paper), currently of the Southern Cross University, Tweed Heads NSW. As part of my doctoral research I undertook a qualitative and a quantitative survey of Salvation Army leaders in ten countries during 2007. I have presented papers at International Conferences in Madrid (Sociology)in 2000 and in Helsingborg, Sweden (Quality Management) in 2007.

Dr. Peter Steane

Acting Head of Department, Graduate School of Management, Southren Cross University
Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia


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