Declaring the global economy a status confessionis?

Kamminga, M. R., 11-Nov-2019, In : Philosophia Reformata. 84, 2, p. 194-219 26 p.

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This article revisits theologian Ulrich Duchrow’s three-decades-old use of the Protestant notion of status confessionis to denounce the capitalist global economy. Scholars quickly dismissed Duchrow’s argument; however, philosopher Thomas Pogge has developed a remarkable ‘negative duty’-based critique of the current global economic order that might help revitalize Duchrow’s position. The article argues that sound reasons exist for the churches to declare the contemporary world economy a - provisionally-termed - status confessionis minor. After explaining the inadequacy of Duchrow’s original position and summarizing Pogge’s account, the article develops a twofold argument. First, Pogge’s in-depth inquiry of the world economy gives Duchrow’s status confessionis call a strong yet narrowing economic foundation. Second, to declare the world economy a status confessionis minor is theologically-ethically justifiable if the limited although indispensable ‘prophetic’ significance of doing so is acknowledged. Thus, Duchrow’s approach is justified, but only partially.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-219
Number of pages26
JournalPhilosophia Reformata
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11-Nov-2019

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