Religion, Wealth and Poverty

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Religion, Wealth and Poverty

In this piece of coursework I will explore how religion and wealth

respond to the growing problem of poverty in the world. I will look at

the views of Christianity and my own religion, Islam. I will also give

my own insight into the problem.

Poverty is 'the state of lacking adequate food or money' (Collins

English Dictionary definition). However this may also mean no clothes,

no fresh water and a general lack of other basic human needs.

There are two types of poverty in the world today, the first and most

extreme, Absolute Poverty. This is where there is an absence of the

main necessities of survival. Cases absolute poverty of can be found

in third world countries e.g. Mali, Bangladesh, Columbia, the

Philippines etc. Relative Poverty however exists in our own western

countries e.g. UK, USA, France, Australia etc. This is where people

are worse off than the average of their country. Relative poverty can

mean living in damp flats to living on the streets.

The Brandt Report, written by Willy Brandt (a former chancellor of

West Germany) in 1980, highlights the problems caused by poverty

around the world. He looks at the problem and its localities. By doing

this, he splits the world into two halves. He calls one half the North

where he says the rich of the world live. However he says these

countries have the problem of relative poverty. The other half The

South is where he says the majority of the world's poor population

lives. He says that there is a big and growing problem of absolute

poverty in this part of the world.

After looking at the problems Brandt looks at what solutions can be

implemented to stop the spread of poverty. He says to improve the

economic and social conditions of the South; the North needs to help,

as they have the resources and funds readily available to them. He

says that the South firstly need to improve agriculture. This would

then help them by setting up their own food source and also by
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