Theology and Enterprise
Report on a Book Launch by Joanna Moriarty
Edward Carter is Canon Theologian at Chelmsford Cathedral. On Monday 28 November he introduced his book, God and Enterprise, Towards a Theology of the Entrepreneur, at the London Stock Exchange, in front of an audience drawn from across the commercial and third sector and the Church; I then chaired a panel discussion with contributions from Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach, who brings a wealth of experience in politics, academia and banking, Lord Glasman, academic and social thinker, and Trevor Willmott, Bishop of Dover. The event was organised by CEME (the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics), and made possible by the generous support of CCLA.
Edward Carter aims to reclaim the spiritual dimension of enterprise and to see it as carrying a positive value, which challenges the vague sense of distaste around the economic activity that is part of the lives of perhaps most Christians. His thinking is rooted in his own experience, running and working for SMEs, in parish and diocesan life, and in his academic background in theology and economics. He brings a light touch to equipping the reader to handle key concepts from each discipline, and makes the sometimes complex ideas which underpin his thinking fully accessible…