Bill Gates Says Poverty Can Be Eradicated by 2035

Here’s how 1 of the 85 people who own 50% of the world wealth gives back. On an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS, Mr. Gates provides insights into his values and how he applies his own analytic way of addressing issues of extreme poverty.

Values are the driving factor for Bill’s philanthropy, and it begs the question of how to spread those values among not just the wealthiest, but into the institutions that control much of the worlds assets. Pope Francis in his recent Davos speech states directly that the values of wealthy must prioritize the poor. More must be done from those that control the worlds resources, both individuals and corporations.

Even if Bill Gates prediction on poverty in 2035 is false, it will be the strength their intent and the amount of resources committed to eradicate extreme poverty that redeems the wealthy of this time.

Watch the interview here: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/inside-bill-gates-vision-to-erase-poverty-and-disease/

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Pope Francis Urges Davos Elite At World Economic Forum To Serve Humanity With Wealth

Pope Francis Urges Davos Elite At World Economic Forum To Serve Humanity With WealthIn a message at the opening ceremony of the annual World Economic Forum, Pope Francis said: “Those who have demonstrated their ability to be innovative and for improving the lives of many people by their ingenuity and professional expertise can further contribute by putting their skills at the service of those who are still living in dire poverty.”

Ahead of the annual meeting of the global elite that ends on January 25th 2014 , the charity Oxfam issued a report that said, inequality had run so out of control, and that the 85 wealthiest people in the world “own the wealth of half the world’s population.”

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Forgiveness: The Moral Conundrum of the Economic Bailout

Business Ethics and Financial Services

Forgiveness – The Moral Conundrum of the Economic Bailout

Holding the economic bailout of the Wall Street to a higher standard may sound trite, trivial or worse, irrelevant in our age of analysis and analytic antidotes. It takes intellectual courage to suggest that our cure may lie outside the temples of higher education and think tanks. But in time of crisis, we often look to the measure of morality for guidance. Continue reading

Critiquing Christians: A Founders Warning

Critiquing Christians: the Lord’s Prayer, a Founders Warning

The Lord’s Prayer is one of the most recited and well known prayers worldwide. Yet, it is probably the least understood. We speak it so freely and frequently in Western society, but do we understand its historical message. As a child, I memorized the prayer, but not until college did I ask for its meaning. What is the “kingdom” all about? Is “hallowed” no more than a vague feeling cosmic importance? It was this prayer that led me to question the Gospel’s demands of me.  Was the Gospel simply a call for private moral forgiveness of the soul by God, which plays outs as a numbers game of winners and losers, of heaven or hell, a Monty Python stereotype of religion? This was hardly a satisfactory answer.  Even a causal reading of the Gospel writings tells a broader story.  What does the Lord’s Prayer teach in its historical, grammatical and literal setting? Continue reading

Questions about Economics and Christian Culture

What do faith and economics have in common?

For the Christian, if you cut out all reference to the poor in the Old and New Testements, how much of the Bible would be left?

What values, if any, does faith call us to exercise in a free market?

When does faith overule free market values?

What is Liberation Theology?

What rights do the poor have? If no rights, are they just the object of our charity?

Does the New Testement Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) say anything about money and social responsiblity?

Are there any connections between Marism critique/predictions of capitalism and the social values of faith?

Write and post your thoughts below.