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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology

Edited By

Stefan Schwarzkopf

ISBN 9781138288850
Published April 7, 2020 by Routledge
418 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Table of Contents


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


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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.