Towards Economic and Theological Ecumenism: A Welcome to the Inaugural Issue

Joost Hengstmengel / Paul van Geest / Lans Bovenberg / Harry Commandeur / Kees van der Kooi / Govert Buijs / Antoinette Rijsenbilt / Bas van Os / Ard Jan Biemond Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 1 (2021): 1-11 Published22 March 2021 (first view)23 March 2021 Religion—belief in God(s) and associatedContinue reading “Towards Economic and Theological Ecumenism: A Welcome to the Inaugural Issue”

On Economics, Theology, and Religion

A. M. C. Waterman Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 1 (2021): 13-24 Published11 February 2021 (first view)23 March 2021 1. Definition and logical relation of terms ‘Economics’ is an intellectual activity, and can be understood to mean any coherent discourse about economic phenomena in human societies—including ‘economic analysis,’ ‘economic policy,’ ‘economicContinue reading “On Economics, Theology, and Religion”

The Liberty of the Will in Theology Permits the Liberated Markets of Liberalism

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 1 (2021): 81-108 AbstractThe Abrahamic doctrine of liberty of the will can allow liberalism in the economy. For a century or so in academic theology, and stretching back to the early church and such revivals as the Radical Reformation, numerous Christian writers haveContinue reading “The Liberty of the Will in Theology Permits the Liberated Markets of Liberalism”

To What Ends for Theology-Oriented Economic Policymaking?

Robert C. Tatum Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 1 (2021): 65-80 AbstractThis paper explores the need for theology-oriented economic policymaking, as well as its possible sacred and secular ends. To facilitate this exploration, America’s Social Gospel movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is examined as a historical caseContinue reading “To What Ends for Theology-Oriented Economic Policymaking?”

A Contractual Look at the Role of Religion in the Stability of Marriage

Feler Bose Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 1 (2021): 45-63 AbstractThis paper uses a modified contractual model to study the role of religion—via entry and exit costs—in shaping preferences for getting and staying married. The religions that are analyzed are two “collective” religions: Judaism and Christianity. The paper takes a historicalContinue reading “A Contractual Look at the Role of Religion in the Stability of Marriage”

Providence and the Invisible Hand: Comments on Van der Kooi and Ballor

Paul Oslington Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 1 (2021): 109-112 Published17 November 2020 (first view)23 March 2021  I welcome Cornelis van der Kooi and Jordan Ballor’s (2021) contribution to the debate about the role of divine providence in Adam Smith’s work and the meaning of the invisible hand metaphor. It isContinue reading “Providence and the Invisible Hand: Comments on Van der Kooi and Ballor”

Providence, Divine Power, and the ‘Invisible Hand’ in Adam Smith

Cornelis van der Kooi / Jordan J. Ballor Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 1 (2021): 25-44 AbstractThis contribution advances a critical examination of Smith’s thought in theological perspective, with a point of departure in a recent interpretation of the ‘invisible hand.’ We show that the concept of general providence has displacedContinue reading “Providence, Divine Power, and the ‘Invisible Hand’ in Adam Smith”