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What's Wrong with Poverty?

The Rev Dr Sam Wells

of St Martin-in-the-Fields and Visiting

Professor at King's College London


19th March 2014 at 6:05pm

St Mary-le-Bow Church


There is an almost universal consensus across the Christian and secular imagination regarding the poverty predicament in which humanity is placed. That way of configuring the predicament justifies, if not determines, the way most educated people in the West set about ‘doing good.’


However, is this approach to the issue wrong? Is the conventional way of ‘doing good’ based on a false premise?


This topical and timely discussion was presented by the Revd Dr Sam Wells, as he suggested an alternative description of what constitutes the human predicament – as well as an alternative notion of the good to be sought and the methods of seeking it. The event was chaired by Laura Taylor, Head of Advocacy at Christian Aid.


About Sam Wells

The Revd Dr Sam Wells is the Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields. He has served as a parish priest for 15 years – 10 of those in urban priority areas. He also spent 7 years in North Carolina where he was Dean of Duke University Chapel. Sam is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at King’s College, London, and a non-residential theological canon at Chichester Cathedral. He has published 20 books, including academic studies in Christian ethics, handbooks for lay and ordained ministers, and collections of sermons.






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