Economics and Theological Ethics: An Environmental Economist Replies to his Queen

H. Spencer Banzhaf Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 2 (2021) AbstractRecently, some theological ethicists have criticized modern economics for offering a rival theology that undermines an appreciation for creation and God’s gifts. In their view, through the logic of opportunity cost, economics substitutes a tragic world of scarcity for God’s abundance.Continue reading “Economics and Theological Ethics: An Environmental Economist Replies to his Queen”

The Amateur Economist: Abraham Kuyper and Economics

The Amateur Economist: Abraham Kuyper and Economics Joost Hengstmengel Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 2 (2021) AbstractOne of the earliest attempts at formulating a systematic religious approach to economics was undertaken by neo-Calvinists, first in the Netherlands, and later in the twentieth century also in the Anglo-Saxon world. While their approachContinue reading “The Amateur Economist: Abraham Kuyper and Economics”

The Triangular Game between Autocrats, Clerics, and the Military: An Application to Muslim Countries

Emmanuelle Auriol / Jean-Philippe Platteau / Thierry Verdier Journal of Economics, Theology and Religion, vol. 1, no. 2 (2021) AbstractIn order to elucidate the revival of religion in the Muslim countries, we must not only understand the spread of puritan interpretations of the faith (as they have permeated movements running from Muslim Brothers to violentContinue reading “The Triangular Game between Autocrats, Clerics, and the Military: An Application to Muslim Countries”

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), pp. 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 writersContinue 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), pp. 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 historicalContinue 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), pp. 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 aContinue reading “A Contractual Look at the Role of Religion in the Stability of Marriage”

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), pp. 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 hasContinue reading “Providence, Divine Power, and the ‘Invisible Hand’ in Adam Smith”