1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology

Edited By Stefan Schwarzkopf Copyright 2020
    418 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    418 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook introduces and systematically explores the thesis that the economy, economic practices and economic thought are of a profoundly theological nature. Containing more than 40 chapters, this Handbook provides a state-of-the-art reference work that offers students, researchers and policymakers an introduction to current scholarship, significant debates and emerging research themes in the study of the theological significance of economic concepts and the religious underpinnings of economic practices in a world that is increasingly dominated by financiers, managers, forecasters, market-makers and entrepreneurs.

    This Handbook brings together scholars from different parts of the world, representing various disciplines and intellectual traditions. It covers the development of economic thought and practices from antiquity to neoliberalism, and it provides insight into the economic–theological teachings of major religious movements. The list of contributors combines well-established scholars and younger academic talents.

    The chapters in this Handbook cover a wide array of conceptual, historical, theoretical and methodological issues and perspectives, such as the economic meaning of theological concepts (e.g. providence and faith); the theological underpinnings of economic concepts (e.g. credit and property); the religious significance of socio-economic practices in various organizational fields (e.g. accounting and work); and finally the genealogy of the theological–economic interface in Judaism, Christianity, Islam and in the discipline of economics itself (e.g. Marx, Keynes and Hayek).

    The Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology is organized in four parts:

    • Theological concepts and their economic meaning

    • Economic concepts and their theological anchoring

    • Society, management and organization

    • Genealogy of economic theology


    Notes on Contributors


    1. Introduction Stefan Schwarzkopf

    Part I 
    Theological Concepts and their Economic Meaning
    2. Providence Michael T. Dempsey
    3. Eschatology and Eschaton Sigmund Wagner-Tsukamoto
    4. Confession Mads Peter Karlsen and Kaspar Villadsen
    5. Purgatory Tom Boland and Ray Griffin
    6. Faith and Trust  Wolfgang Palaver
    7. Justification and Salvation  Daniel M. Bell, Jr.
    8. Guilt Camilla Sløk

    Part II
    Economic Concepts and their Theological Anchoring 
    9. Profit Christoph Deutschmann
    10. Money Paul Crosthwaite, Peter Knight, and Nicky Marsh
    11. Debt and Credit  Philip Goodchild
    12. Free Choice and Consumer Sovereignty  Stefan Schwarzkopf
    13. Property and Owning Christina McRorie
    14. Prosperity and Wealth Simon Coleman and Martin Lindhardt
    15. Poverty  Brian Hamilton
    16. Corporation Perry Dane
    17. Government Mitchell Dean
    18. Markets and Marketization Stefan Schwarzkopf

    Part III 
    Society, Management and Organization
    19. Time  Elden Wiebe and Douglas Harink
    20. Calling, Profession and Work Brenda Berkelaar and Patrice M. Buzzanell 
    21. Organization and Management Bruno Dyck
    22. The Entrepreneur  Ross B. Emmett
    23. Media and Mediation of Culture Jeffrey H. Mahan and David J. Worley
    24. Branding and Marketing  Russ Belk
    25. Hedonism and Asceticism Colin Campbell
    26. Leadership  Peter Simpson
    27. Intellectual Property and  Creativity  Gabriel J. Michael
    28. Accounting and Accountability Alistair Mutch

    Part IV
    Genealogy of Economic Theology
    29. The Economic Theology of Judaism Joseph I. Lifshitz
    30. Oikonomia Dotan Leshem
    31. The Economic Theology of Late Antiquity Devin Singh
    32. The Economic Theology of the High Middle Ages Raymond Benton
    33. Martin Luther as Economist  Philipp Robinson Rössner
    34. The Southern Spirit of Capitalism  Luigino Bruni
    35. Invisible Hand Lisa Hill
    36. Adam Smith’s Economics of the Church  Paul Oslington
    37. The Economic Theology of Quakerism Martin Brigham and Donncha Kavanagh
    38. Neoclassical Economics as Theology Robert H. Nelson

    39. Marxist Economics and Theology Roland Boer
    40. John Maynard Keynes as Theologian David Andrews
    41. The Crypto-Theology of Friedrich Hayek   Tim Christiaens

    Part V
    42. Intellectual Brokerage in Economic Theology: Methodological and Theoretical Reflections from Islamic Banking and Finance Aaron Z. Pitluck



    Stefan Schwarzkopf is Associate Professor at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. His research focuses on the historical and economic sociology of consumer markets, and he has written widely about the history of markets, consumption, and about the market research industry. Some of his latest work deals with the ascetic-sectarian nature of the new data and electronic surveillance industries. His work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including Theory, Culture & Society, Organization Studies and the Journal of Cultural Economy.

    'Let me say that this handbook in its chapters exhibits depth, rigor, and clarity of thought.I predict it will be one of the most influential textbooks on economic theology in time to come. Its combined wisdom will make it an essential point of reference in the exploration of the intersection of economics and theology.'

    - Nimi Wariboko, Boston University, Religious Studies Review