Hope in Troubled Times: A New Vision for Confronting Global Crises (Chapter One)

David Van Heemst, Olivet Nazarene University
B. Goudzwaard
Mark Vander Vennen

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This book attempts to engage entrenched global poverty, worsening environmental destruction, and rising insecurity with the goal of helping all of us retrieve the capacity to participate in turning these major predicaments around. From the authors’ perspective, neglecting the spiritual or religious dimension deeply hampers the ability to break through the solution deadlock and find responsible solutions to the world’s most complex, pressing problems. Approaches outside the rigid fixation on using the current instruments of progress may open doors to alternative, genuine solutions that could actually help turn around rising insecurity, global poverty, and environmental degradation.