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Is Business “of God”?
Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission
Copyright © 2011 David B. Doty. All rights reserved.
ISBN13: 978-1-61097-824-8 (Wipf & Stock Publishers)
Given the current global economic crisis, there are likely few more important topics than the marketplace and its function in Christian worldview. Beyond historic theologies of work and stewardship, Eden’s Bridge articulates the first biblical theology of the marketplace as an intentional function in God’s created order.
Eden’s Bridge explores a marketplace model implicit in the creation narrative of Genesis 1–2 and seven supporting propositions. In the end, Eden’s Bridge makes two very serious and impactful statements in general: 1) The marketplace as an institution of God makes our business practice a sacred enterprise, infused with holy purpose and as witness to the glory of God, and 2) it validates marketplace vocations as Christian calling, meaning all Christians working in the marketplace can embrace their employment as having missional significance toward the redemption of all creation.
The six chapters of Eden’s Bridge cover the central thesis and propositions, a review of the economic / marketplace elements found in Genesis 1–2, biblical economic models and theological concerns, a review of key biblical and marketplace terminology, the process of redeeming the marketplace, and the roles and function of the marketplace in the mission of God (misseo Dei) in the world.
I, as an author, entrepreneur, and seminarian, came to the thesis and writing of Eden’s Bridge amidst a thirty year business management and administrative career. Eden’s Bridge is the result of nine years’ research that began while I was pursuing a Master of Arts in World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary (2006). I am currently interested in inviting discussion concerning the theology of the marketplace Eden’s Bridge presents and am available for speaking engagements with Christian business-related groups, pastors, academicians, and churches.