Religion and Economics: Normative Social Theory / Edition 1

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This book is a sequel to Economics and Religion: Are They Distinct? (Brennan and Waterman 1994). That volume was motivated by a frustration born of many disappointing encounters between economists and theologians in the 1980s. There are many possible ways of exploring the relation between economics and theology in normative social theory. This volume presents a set of case studies of ways in which economics and theology may actually have been combined in the real world. As in the previous volume, these case studies were written first and then sent as a complete set to a second group of authors whose function was to act as a jury. The commentators were asked to read all the case studies and to compose their interpretative essays so as to address the following question: In the light of the evidence you have considered in the case studies, is the attempt to combine into a normative social theory the(putative) insights of theology with the (putative) scientific knowledge supplied by economics either or both intellectually defensible and actually fruitful? The case studies are printed in Part 1 of this book in roughly chronological order of their historical emergence. The interpretative essays are printed in Part 2 in alphabetical order of author's name. In the final chapter, we attempt a summary and some tentative conclusions.

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To follow up the 1994 , which explored how the two systems of thought could be harmonized within normative social theory, a number of case studies were conducted and the reports and sent as a group to a second group of authors. These commentators composed interpretive essays to address whether the attempts to combine into a normative social theory the putative insights of theology with the putative scientific knowledge supplied by economics are intellectually defensible and/or actually fruitful. The volume contains both the case studies and the essays. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792383734
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 11/30/1998
  • Series: Recent Economic Thought Series, #67
  • Edition description: 1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 205
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Case Studies. 1. How Through Economics Rabbinic Judaism States its Theory of the Social Order; J. Neusner. 2. The Uses of Economics in Papal Encyclicals; A.M. Yengert. 3. Social Thinking in Established Protestant Churches; A.M.C. Waterman. 4. Liberation Theology and Economics: God's Reign and a New Society; T.L. Schubeck. 5. Every Square Inch: Kuyperian Social Theory and Economics; J.P. Tiemstra. 6. Economics and Evangelicalism; K. Hawtrey. Part 2: Interpretative Essays. 7. Social Factors in Religion and Economics; J.M. Dean. 8. Economics, Ethics, and Knowledge; S.C. Dow. 9. Economics and Religion: Comment; K.G. Elzinga. 10. 'If the Trumpet Does Not Sound a Clear Call...'; P. Heyne. 11. Economics and Technology: Collaboration or Collision? F.S. McChesney. 12. On Doing the Impossible; I. Steedman. 13. Summary If Not Conclusions; J.M. Dean, A.M.C. Waterman. References. Index.
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