All Things in Common
The Economic Practices of the Early Christians
Imprint: Resource Publications
"What is so sorely needed at the present time is a renewed engagement by Christian thinkers with the church's core beliefs and essential ethics. Roman Montero's new book does that admirably, reminding us that the early Christians had a profound understanding of the church's identity as a community of sharing. . . . Rich in historical detail, rigorous in its scholarship, this book leads us precisely towards the sort of ethical restoration we need today as the church enters a new epoch. Highly recommended."
--Addison Hodges Hart, Author of Strangers and Pilgrims Once
"Montero examines accounts of communal economic relationships and practices--of having all things in common--among early Christian communities. While not all readers will be convinced by all of the arguments, the discussion is provocative, thoughtful, insightful, and even prophetic--all of which are good reasons to read a book."
--Warren Carter, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University
"A genuinely creative and sophisticated approach to a topic that could hardly be of more importance. I learned a lot from this."
--David Graeber, Professor of Anthropology, London School of Economics
"This is a book that deserves a wide readership. The problems are clearly stated, and the definitions and illustrations make it easy to follow Montero's line of reasoning. He has used the most important sources that illuminate his subject. His discussions and interpretations of these sources are balanced, and his conclusions are natural and logical."
--Rolf J. Furuli, Lecturer in Semitic languages, retired from the University of Oslo