The Bible says more about money than about almost any other ethical issue. In a world where critics of capitalism are described as "unrealistic", Christians can point to a greater reality than the dominant values of our own time and culture. We can recognise that capitalism depends on faith in the idols of money and markets.
For John Wesley and the Methodist Church he founded, it is inconceivable to follow Christ and not have the welfare of the poor and the vulnerable close to your heart, says Alison Tomlin. That is why the Church says that the government's spending cuts should be judged by their impact on the most vulnerable.