The Economic Decoding of Religious Dogmas: Ranking World Religions in Terms of Economic Consistency

The Economic Decoding of Religious Dogmas: Ranking World Religions in Terms of Economic Consistency

by Paul Fudulu


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The Economic Decoding of Religious Dogmas: Ranking World Religions in Terms of Economic Consistency by Paul Fudulu

This book proves that each religious dogma, in any of their components, contain in an encoded manner a specific ranking of human comprehensive mega-objectives, implicitly, a specific preference for absolute wealth or, in a more common parlance, for the objective of economic performance. In turn, that specific preference, under ceteris paribus condition, determines the share of believer’s general resources which is channeled to economic performance.An in-depth or correct understanding of a religious dogma, which makes sense for terrestrial social realities, is impossible without a specific model of decoding. Additionally, such a model is simply impossible within an orthodox Western, that is, non-transcultural perspective. There is no accident that all Western efforts to decode religions, economic or non-economic, have failed. Understanding religion based on its face story is very precarious, if not even dangerous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781787145368
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited
Publication date: 06/08/2017
Series: Emerald Points
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Paul Fudulu is Professor of Economics with the Faculty of Political Studies, University of Bucharest, and during his tenure he has been associated with several research institutes. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for Study of Public Choice, George Mason University, Virginia, and he has written studies and books on theory of justice, economic theory of institutions, culture and economic growth, and international exchange. He is currently writing a book on economic axiomatics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Foreword xi

1 The Model 1

1.1 The General Power Perspective 1

1.1.1 Weberian Rationalism or the Rationalism of Absolute Wealth 1

1.1.2 Why Employ Two Megaobjectives? 3

1.1.3 The Anti-Entropic Perspective on Individual Maximization 4

1.1.4 From Megaobjectives to Ordinary Interests 6

1.1.5 The Inverse Correlation between the Hierarchies in Terms of Opportunity Costs and Preferences 8

1.1.6 Rules and Institutions Defined in Terms of the Megaobjectives' Opportunity Costs 10

1.1.7 From the Rationalism of Absolute Wealth to a Rationalism Derived from Two Megaobjectives 11

1.2 The Specific Models for Analyzing the Consistency of Religions with Economic Performance 16

1.2.1 The Deep Nature and Cause of Economic Development 16

1.2.2 The Religious Determination of Economic Performance 18

1.2.3 The Economic Consistency Criteria and the Steps of the Economic Decoding of a Religion 20

2 A Short Description of the Great Religions 29

2.1 Judaism 29

2.2 Catholicism 33

2.3 Orthodoxy 37

2.4 Protestantism 38

2.5 Buddhism 40

2.5.1 General Characteristics 40

2.5.2 Hinayana 43

2.5.3 Mahayana 43

2.6 Confucianism 44

2.7 Islam 47

3 Consistency Criteria 55

3.1 Direct Criteria 55

3.1.1 The Level of Prohibition of Interest 55

3.1.2 The Type of Preference for General Wealth 58

3.1.3 The Type of Asceticism 64

3.2 Indirect Criteria 72

3.2.1 Having or Not Having a Divinity or a Religion 72

3.2.2 The Level of Divinity Concentration/Dissipation 74

3.2.3 The Level of Transcendence 76

3.2.4 The Kind of Salvation 81

3.2.5 The Importance of Afterlife 94

3.2.6 The Level of Obedience to Earthly Authorities 98

3.2.7 Man's Relative Power over Woman 109

3.2.8 The Type of Organization of Religious Activity 112

4 The Economic Consistency of the Great Religions and its Evolution 145

4.1 The General Economic Consistency Ranking of the Great Religions 145

4.2 The Evolution of Economic Consistency of the Great Religions 149

5 My General Power Theory of Religion Relative to Other Current Theories 157

5.1 The Becker-Inspired Theories 158

5.1.1 A Critique of Becker's Economic Approach 158

5.1.2 Iannaccone and Others 161

5.2 The Stark and Bainbridge Theory 165

6 General Conclusions 177

References 181

Index 185

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