"First published 2000. This edition published 2004". -- verso of t.-p.
"[By] David Jenkins".
Includes bibliographical references and index.
"I am glad to acknowledge the stimulus to the shaping of the argument of this book, which I received through my invitation to be the Samuel Ferguson Lecturer at the University of Manchester in the academic year 1995/6. AS a result of this invitation I gave four lectures at the end of February 1996. The theme of the lectures was `Ideology, Exploitation or Inevitability ? : Theological Reflections on the Market and Providence'. The sympathetic but penetrating questions I received from members of the audience, and in the accompanying seminars, sharpened many issues for me". -- Acknowledgements, p. [vii].
"David Jenkins' informed examination constitutes a demolition job, taking place on moreal and ethical grounds, of the free market economy and its necessarily benevolent impact on humanity. .... uncritical faith in today's free market economy demeans us as human beings and has created a dangerous environment of unrealistic optimism. He argues for a renewed democratic politics to counterbalance or control the free market and challenge the stranglehold of market fundamentalism that pervades our world. We must renew our faith in our ability for politically effective compassion". -- back cover.
Author is retired Church of England Bishop of Durham.