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Crossing the River of Fire: Mark's Gospel and Global Capitalism Paperback – 28 May 2006


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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Epworth Press; annotated edition edition (28 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716205998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716205999
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 345,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Wilf Wilde is a development economist who worked in the oil industry for 3 years before working for 12 years as a stockbroker. He worked on utilities privatisations at Merrill Lynch and on emerging markets at ING-Barings. Since 1997, he has co-founded a Christian led inter-faith regeneration agency, Employment Focus, now working with Black majority churches, migrants to London and in Afghanistan.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rev. Anthony S. D. Graham on 27 Nov. 2006
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After thirty years working as a Christian in Development Education, I have to say Wilf Wilde told me a lot of facts I hadn't realised. Even better, he made me think hard,and gave me back the political hope I used to have. If we know what is going on we have some power to change it. If we are glad to be who we are and feel we have something to offer - Christian, Socialist and British in my case - we start to have hope again. This is a feel-good page-turner of a book, with a very firm foundation in the real world - and that combination makes it unusual. More, please! Tony Graham
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chloe Alexander on 30 July 2006
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If you need someone to explain the resons why we are involved in Iraq, why poverty exists in Africa and why the global market functions in the way it does (i.e. to serve its own interests) then this book is for you. An astounding tour de force of reasoned argument and mind-blowing statistics. Read it and then make everyone you know read it. Then we may have a more balanced opinion of the world.
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Read following the collapse of the world's banking system in 2008/9, and in conjunction with Naomi Klein's 'Shock Doctrine', Wilde's writing is ahead of its time and unusual in combining politics and religion - a great taboo in polite english society. Its strength, is ultimately also its weakness. Wilde ranges over political, social and economic history, starting from the ancient greeks, and covering not just Europe, but South America, North America, Asia and Africa. From here he moves on to scriptural exegesis and theology. So the strength is in his wide ranging analysis, the elements of which may not be original, but the synthesis of which may well be. The weakness is that such a broad sweep can be dizzying for the non-specialist reader. Some may also be put off by the left wing sympathies of the author. That would be a shame as there is considerable food for thought here, in a book that is well worth the effort of reading.
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Wilde, a former merchant banker, offers a tour-de-force in this book, which is (it seems, deliberately) not a careful, cool attempt to win people over who come from very different points of view, but rather a hard-hitting analysis that will interest people who are already learning half-way towards his position. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing; sometimes one has to 'preach to the converted', too. His analysis of global capitalism as well as his reading of Mark is hardly new (eg. his interpretation of Mark is strongy influenced by Dick Horsley and Ched Myers), but the combination is quite powerful and 'right on time' as global capital gets its current political lackeys in London and Washington to do the nasty work for them once again.
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