Campus Location

Abilene Campus (Residential)

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Committee Chair or Primary Advisor

Fred Aquino

Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor

Thomas Winter

Third Committee Member or Committee Reader

Kirk Foster


In this thesis I argue that the obligation to love based on the Christian tradition requires Christians to disperse their resources in a way that significantly evens out wealth distribution and increases social justice. Christians disagree on the terminology and some tenets of the goal of the Christian life (e.g., deification, beatific vision, communion with God, salvation). However, the requirement to practice love is common to all of these concepts, thus making love normative for Christians. I argue that when love takes such a prominent role in one’s life, then it naturally influences how one manages one’s resources. If love affects how one handles one’s resources, then an outgrowth of love is more balanced distribution of wealth and increased social justice.

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