Defeating the Baals: Balanced Christian Living in Different Cultural Systems

Eloise Hiebert Meneses and John E. Stapleford


In this essay, John E. Stapleford, an economist, and Eloise Hiebert Meneses, an anthropologist, challenge Christian social scientists to do moral as well as intellectual evaluation of their subject material. Furthermore, they present a framework for such evaluation that is both cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary. Three culture types, egalitarian tribal, feudal peasant, and democratic capitalist, are analyzed for the tradeoffs they make between five factors: wealth, justice, love, spirituality, and humility. Mr. Stapleford and Ms. Meneses are professors at Eastern College.


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