There was a time when theologians and economists knew much more about each other's work than they do today. This book is dedicated to reconnecting two disciplines that study different dimensions of the human condition. The well respected contributors - economists, theologians, some both - explore the interaction of Christian theology and market economics, from the earliest times to the modern day. There is much to surprise, puzzle and edify serious students of theology and economics as well as the merely curious.
This unique work has a historical time-span reaching from Aristotle to the modern day, thus appealing to those interested in the history of ideas and economic thought as well as the links between theological and economic thought. Economists studying the intellectual roots of their discipline, as well as Christians researching the links between Christian beliefs and the worldly philosophy governing everyday commercial lives will also welcome it.
Edited by Ian R. Harper, Partner, Deloitte, Melbourne, Australia and Samuel Gregg, Director of Research, Acton Institute, US
Contents: Introduction Ian R. Harper and Samuel Gregg PART I: CHRISTIANITY AND THE HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT 1. Aristotle's Science of Economics Ricardo F. Crespo 2. Christianity's Pre-Enlightenment Contribution to Economic Thought Stephen J. Grabill 3. Commercial Order and the Scottish Enlightenment: The Christian Context Samuel Gregg 4. Christianity's Post-Enlightenment Contribution to Economic Thought Paul Oslington PART II: CHRISTIANITY AND ECONOMIC THEORY 5. Christian Theology and Economics: Convergence and Clashes Geoffrey Brennan and Anthony M.C. Waterman 5. Economics as Identity Gordon Menzies PART III: CHRISTIANITY AND MODERN BUSINESS 7. Business as a Moral Enterprise Michael J. Miller 8. Modern Business and its Moral and Ethical Dilemmas in a Globalized World Philip Booth 9. Treating `Affluenza': The Moral Challenge of Affluence Ian R. Harper and Eric L. Jones 10. The Role of Business in the Fight Against Poverty Peter S. Heslam Bibliography Index