Rieger, Joerg. No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009.

July 4th, 2011|

Chapter 1 “No Rising Tide: Religion, Economics, and Empire”: If one sees economics as a life or death issue, as Rieger suggests, one must not leave economics alone to the economists (3). The study’s mission in No Rising Tide is to not only join the number of theology and religion scholars who inquire about economics as a theological project, but to respond to the truth claims being made by the evangelists of laisse-faire capitalism. Economics cannot exist without some otherworldly hope in which its norms are sanctioned and economic theories often go unchallenged in their “embedded and unquestioned conceptions” pertaining to the nature of humanity, creation, or the transcendent (8).