Appeared in Vol. 2 No. 3

One of the chief obstacles to the formation of Christendom is the attitude of modern man toward economics, an attitude which views economic activity as a key to material aggrandizement rather than as a primary component of a harmonious social order. It is difficult even for Christians in these times to step outside the conflicting views of capitalists and socialists in order to objectively evaluate the common characteristics of each in an effort to nd out where both went wrong. In the study which follows, Rupert J. Ederer delineates the main lines of a socio-economic system called solidarism which does step away from the typical attitudes and which clearly provides a means of reintegrating both human and natural resources in the service of the Gospel. In an analysis of certain relevant papal encylcicals as well as the writings of the German economist Heinrich Pesch, the author reveals the link between the two and makes a convincing case for solidarism itself. The article is especially significant, as is suggested below, since the year 1976 marks the golden anniversary of Pesch’s death.

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