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The Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology

1st Edition

Edited by Stefan Schwarzkopf


432 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This Handbook introduces and systematically explores the thesis that despite widespread assumptions about an increasing trend towards secularization in Western societies, the economy, economic practices and economic thought are of a profoundly theological nature.

A state-of-the-art reference work, this volume offers students, researchers and policy makers an introduction to current scholarship, significant debates, and emerging research themes in Economic Theology: the study of the theological nature of economic concepts and the religious underpinnings of mundane practices in the world of organization studies, management and economics. The chapters cover a wide array of conceptual, historical, theoretical and methodological issues and perspectives, bringing together leading international scholars from across several disciplines.

This book will be of interest to scholars and researchers in the history of economic thought, as well as the genealogy of economic theology. It will provide the point of entry for readers into this new and evolving field, and will also offer pointers for the direction of future research.

Table of Contents


Notes on Contributors


1. Introduction Stefan Schwarzkopf

Section 1

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

Section 2

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

Section 3

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

Section 4

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

Section 5


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


About the Editor

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 Business History and Journal of Cultural Economy.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economic History
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General