by Keith Ruckhaus
I am a theologist in that my perspective is always tinged with a God orientation in my thinking, writing and experience. I am free-range in that I do not limit the God-tinged orientation to tight religious categories, but insist that it engage every aspect of human encounter and experience. I invite you to savor from a saint of a salty sort
I am going to violate principles I’ve known about reading the Bible, in this case a parable, to render a different way of looking at what is typically known as the parable of the prodigal son.
Alec has been an economic educator for nearly 50 years. He received his doctorate in Economics from the University of Colorado under the tutelage of Kenneth Boulding. He was a primary reader and economic adviser for my latest book project: Wicked Rich Wicked Poor: the Economic Crisis in the Book of Job. That initial collaboration also turned into a friendship and further endeavors. Last fall we taught a course together for Osher Lifelong Learning Instituted where we compared and contrasted ancient Near Eastern economic systems with current economic issues.