A Theological Response to a Conflict of Values Involving Poverty, Dominance and Inequalities

By Donald Keith Gates and Peter Steane.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper analyzes conflicting aspects of individualism, egalitarianism and complex equality. In the course of our analysis, matters dealing with capitalism and neoclassical economics or economic rationalism are examined, as well as the related rise of individualism and policies emanating from proposals of Friedrich Hayek. Then a theological response to poverty, dominance and inequalities is outlined. Adherence to altruistic Christian teachings will help resolve the values’ tensions faced by policymakers.

Keywords: Dominance, Egalitarianism, Individualism, Inequalities, Poverty, Values

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.193-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 585.111KB).

Dr. Donald Keith Gates

Doctoral Scholar, Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Donald Gates is a retired Salvation Army Officer with a total service of forty-six years. During thirty-seven plus years of active service he was engaged in appointments in a number of fields including education, management, pastoral, ministry, chaplaincy and social service. This included nine years in Papua New Guinea. Apart from studies that include ministry, theology and education, he possesses the following academic awards, B.Ec.(UNE), B.Soc.Sc.(UNE), M.Ed.Admin.(NSW), M.Litt. with High Distinction,(UNE). Donald is currently a Doctoral Scholar at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management under the supervision of Professor Peter Steane (co-author of the paper), currently of the RMIT University, Melbourne. As part of his doctoral research he undertook a qualitative and a quantitative survey of Salvation Army leaders in ten countries during 2007 and has presented papers at International Conferences in Madrid (Sociology) in 1990 and in Helsingborg, Sweden (Quality Management) in 2007.

Dr. Peter Steane

Professor of Management, Graduate School of Management, RMIT University, Tweed Heads, Victoria, Australia

Peter Steane is Professor of Management at the RMIT University, Melbourne and Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Dr. Steane’s research covers: Strategic thinking and Leadership, Cultural Ideologies in Management, Board Governance and Business-Government Partnerships. This research has resulted in over 70 academic and professional publications. Peter possesses degrees in the areas of philosophy, theology and anthropology. He has a doctoral degree in ethical business strategy. Dr. Steane has 15 years of ordained ministerial experience in parishes, missions, education and counseling. Professor Steane consults/presents to a range of companies in the Asia Pacific on: strategy, leadership and ethics. These include: The Garner Group, Asia Development Bank, Woolworths, Merrill Lynch, Pfizer, Unisys, Wesley Mission Australia, Sun Microsystems, as well as various regional governments. He initiated programs for directors in indigenous communities as well as other programs related to fraud prevention, strategic thinking, and cross cultural performance.


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