Medical debt. Student debt. Mortgage debt. Payday loans.
Debt levels have soared in recent decades, constraining our daily choices and the horizons of possibility in our lives. One in three Americans is currently being pursued by a debt collector, and the vast majority of debts result from an inability to pay for basic needs associated with health care, education, and housing.
What would it feel like to live in a world not defined by this crushing experience of debt? Dare we imagine such a world?
The current economic system depends on our mass indebtedness, so we face intense pressure to see our debts as inevitable and unchangeable. In situations like this, engaging with prophetic spiritual visions can ignite our activist imaginaries, yielding thought experiments that reveal the tension between the way the world is and the way our world should be.
In this special issue, activists, theologians, economists, and philosophers...