Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded

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Overview

Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded provides an introduction to what has been called 'the economic way of thinking,' which explains some of the critical concepts and foundational assumptions employed in economics. To communicate these ideas effectively to those engaged in theological studies, this book avoids using unnecessary technical terminology. These concepts are then subject to analysis from the standpoint of Christian ethics, with emphasis placed upon the often-unsuspected degree of agreement between economics and Christian belief about the nature of the person. The second half of the book consists of a collection of selections from classical economic texts, representing a range of authors from a variety of schools of thought. These selections have been arranged around ten key concepts, each of which attempts to deepen understanding of various ideas presented in the book's first half.
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Faith and Economics
Overall, the book is well-written and its purpose is noble.
— Lisa Klein Surdyk, Seattle Pacific University
Faith and Economics - Lisa Klein Surdyk
Overall, the book is well-written and its purpose is noble.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761820963
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Gregg is Director of the Centre for Economic Personalism, Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sessional Faculty of the John Paul II Institute for Study of Marriage and the Family, within the Pontifical Lateran University, and Adjunct Scholar, the Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, Australia.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Christian Social Ethics 3
Making Sense of Economics 9
Ethics and Economics 19
The Institutional Dimension: Property, Rule of Law, and the State 37
Questions for Economics 47
Definition of Economics 63
Property 69
Trade 77
Mutually Beneficial Exchange 83
Value and Price Theories 89
Intervention 101
Wages 109
Money 113
Marginal Utility 119
Unintended Consequences 123
Profit 127
Supply and Demand 133
Division of Labor 137
Taxes 141
Bibliography in Selected Readings 145
About the Author 149
Suggested Reading List 151
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