An Introductory Reading List on Poverty, Charity, Development
Thanks to ESPWA, the India Gospel League, and Apex Community Church for the invitation to speak in Dayton about Poverty, Inc. last week. I enjoyed it very much.
Here are a couple of books I mentioned in during the discussion.
On the importance of private property and participation in the formal economy:
- Hernando de Soto: The Mystery of Capital
- Also–if you are interested in the themes of Poverty, Inc, from a Christian perspective I recommend the 6 part PovertyCure DVD Series which addresses a number of themes in poverty, charity, and economic development from private property to micro-finance and the role of business.
On Fair Trade Coffee
For those of you interested in coffee we are working on a new series on economics and the human person which will include a short film on the global supply chain of a cup of espresso. It should be available early next year. If you would like more updates please sign up for my occasional newsletter.
On the cardinal virtue of prudence (seeing the world as it and acting accordingly)
- Josef Pieper: The Four Cardinal Virtues— The whole book is worth reading, but the chapter on prudence is especially relevant
On Christian Philosophy of the Person
- Josef Pieper: The Christian Idea of Man
- This is a pretty short an accessible summary by Joseph Pieper
- You can listen to my Acton University Lecture on Christian Anthropology.
- Audio doesn’t seem to be up yet–I’ll see if I can get it and post it, but you can see the Handout for an overview.
This is just a beginning. For more books see my suggested reading page: Books I Like