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.
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.