To What Ends for Theology-Oriented Economic Policymaking?

Robert C. TatumUniversity of North Carolina Asheville 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 case of theology-oriented economic policymaking. True to form, itsContinue reading “To What Ends for Theology-Oriented Economic Policymaking?”

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

Feler BoseSchool of Business and Economics, Indiana University East 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 historical and contemporary look at howContinue 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 KooiVrije Universiteit Amsterdam / Erasmus School of Accounting & Assurance Jordan J. BallorVrije Universiteit Amsterdam / Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty 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 showContinue reading “Providence, Divine Power, and the ‘Invisible Hand’ in Adam Smith”