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George Kadigiannopoulos

Abstract

In the modern era, there exists a multitude of critical problems. One of these problems, poverty, has persisted throughout the ages. In recent years, its rapid worsening has led to a spiral increase in the number of people living below the poverty line worldwide. This continuing predicament reasonably begs the question of how the issue of poverty is approached from a theological standpoint in the predominant texts of the world’s most popular religions, Christianity and Islam. The aim of this article is to investigate, by employing the method of quality content analysis, how the issues of poverty and support of the financially weak are approached in the New Testament and the Quran, as well as to identify if there are points of convergence or divergence between them. This investigation led to the conclusion that the texts of the New Testament and the Quran invariably converge in the view that the financially weak should be approached positively and supported as far as possible. In addition, both texts concur that it is absolutely necessary to provide financial support to these people in a respectful way. At the same time, the two texts diverge in the obligation to provide financial support to the poor. The Quran views charity as a means of expiating one’s sins and entering heaven, while no corresponding obligations are found in the New Testament.

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Keywords

poverty, New Testament, Quran, intercultural viewpoint, Christianity, Muslim

Section
Articles